Education + Research

Sydney Biomedical Accelerator

Sydney, Australia
NSW Health, University of Sydney
Competition 2022 | Project 2022 -

The competition winning design for Sydney Biomedical Accelerator (SBA) will deliver an integrated health, education and research precinct connecting The University of Sydney with the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.

Connectivity is at the heart of the design, focused around a north facing seven-storey circulation spine called the ‘Connector’. The south facing facade creates a clear and simple sculptural form acknowledging the historic campus setting. Bold forms float above, alluding to both the scientific investigation within and an indigenous narrative embedded in the sculptural sunscreens.

SBA will house education and research facilities, specialist laboratories and technical support spaces that will bring together multidisciplinary teams and integrate fundamental research at the molecular and cellular level with patient centred research and health outcomes.

In association with HDR.

Aikenhead Centre for Medical Discovery

Melbourne, Australia
St Vincent's Hospital
Project 2017 –

The Aikenhead Centre for Medical Discovery (ACMD) is a translational biomedical research and training hub, uniquely embedded within the St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne campus which unites eight institutions, and affiliate research and industry partners.

Denton Corker Marshall was appointed Principal Consultant for the Feasibility Study which formed part of the Business Case submission to Government and associated stakeholders.

The centre will be a landmark building designed to attract and retain biomedical expertise in Victoria.  It will also act as a gateway to the St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne campus, the Melbourne central business district, and the Melbourne Biomedical Precinct.

The ACMD development will feature: state-of-the-art laboratories with shared access to platform technologies; workshop and biofabrication facilities; start-up and industry spaces; and education and conference facilities.

In association with L2D.

Harry Butler Institute

Perth, Australia
Murdoch University
Design Competition Winning project 2020-2021

An international two-stage competition winning design, Harry Butler Institute is designed as a unique facility for research, education and public engagement.

The building provides a front door to a revitalized campus and gateway to the adjacent Wetlands, a sensitive ecosystem with 50,000 years of historical, cultural and social significance.

Our proposal is embedded carefully within the sensitive site. Its sinuous, organic form defined by it’s weaving around the existing trees and wetland landscape. Three distinct pavilions are positioned under a sweeping roof with covered accessways and breakout spaces between. The project accords with UN Sustainable Development goals and is designed to a 6 Star Green Star rating with a carbon-neutral energy solution, high water efficiency and extensive use of Western Australian sustainably sourced timber throughout.


Biomedical Learning + Teaching Building, Monash University

Melbourne, Australia
Monash University
Project 2016 – 2018

The Biomedical Learning + Teaching Building is a 11,360m2 facility at Monash University’s Clayton campus, providing a state of the art learning environment for students in biomedical science.

The new building incorporates an innovative pedagogical solution in four Flexi Labs.  The ‘L’ shaped labs wrap around a central glazed satellite prep area providing smaller scaled, more personable lab space for cohorts of 60, 120 or interlinked space for up to 240 students, visually connected as one.  This enables teaching and learning of multiple subjects concurrently and independently in a uniquely Monash solution.

The facility also includes a 1,200m2 informal Learning Hub accommodating 440 students.  With an average of 90 informal learning seats per floor, the Hub provides spaces for quiet, self-directed learning as well as, larger, more active group settings.

In association with Arina.

2019 AIA Victorian Chapter – Educational Architecture Award

Molecular Horizons, University of Wollongong

Wollongong, Australia
University of Wollongong
Project 2017 – 2019

The University of Wollongong’s new facility for molecular and life sciences is an $80 million collaborative research facility equipped with world-leading technologies, centred around $25 million microscopy equipment, including Titan Krios and Talos Arctica cryo-electron microscopes (Cryo-EM) and super-resolution optical microscopes.  The Centre is dedicated to researching life at a molecular level, helping to solve some of the biggest health challenges facing the world.

The Cryo-EM microscope’s extreme sensitivity to electromagnetic interference required separation from services and lifts, along with non-ferrous construction.

The design response creates two blocks: a services and lift block clad in charcoal aluminium, and a glazed laboratory wing.  They are connected via a transparent link containing breakout, meeting spaces and ‘science-on-display’, promoting interaction.  Informal outdoor learning extends the interaction into the landscape.

In association with Jacobs.

Geoff Handbury Science + Technology Hub, Melbourne Grammar School

Melbourne, Australia
Melbourne Grammar School
Competition 2013 | Project 2013 – 2017

Denton Corker Marshall was appointed by Melbourne Grammar School to undertake full architectural and interior design services for the School’s new Science + Technology Hub.

The School’s brief was to create a unique science and technology hub – the first of its kind in Australia.  Our extensive involvement in ground-breaking medical research centres including Walter + Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research and Hunter Medical Research Institute has enabled us to achieve an exemplar in collaborative teaching laboratories and design technology learning spaces.

The centre, known as The Geoff Handbury Science + Technology Hub, is an innovative piece of architecture in both performance and appearance.  Aesthetically, it is a singular, clear and simple structural form, sympathetic to the campus heritage.

Internally, the building supports the scientific and technology driven investigations carried out by the students, and encourages creativity, learning and social interaction.


2018 AIA Victorian Chapter – Educational Architecture Award

Faculty of Engineering + Information Technology, UTS

Sydney, Australia
University of Technology, Sydney
Competition 2009 | Project 2009 – 2014

On a prominent urban site, the new building creates a gateway to the University’s revitalised city campus.

Fourteen levels, plus four below ground, accommodate state-of-the-art lecture rooms, academic offices, seminar rooms, teaching and research laboratories, student union, food and recreation areas, with bicycle and carparking.  Educational spaces are arranged around a central atrium or crevasse creating a variety of innovative pedagogy and collaborative environments.

Four tilted and skewed plates envelope the building’s volume.  The plates are made of aluminium sheets perforated in a pattern derived from the binary code for ‘University of Technology Sydney Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology’.  ‘Gills’ creased into the surface of each plate punctuate the façade, visually reinforcing the sense of plate as skin and symbolically allowing the building to breathe.


2016 AIA New South Wales Chapter – Commendation for Educational Architecture

2016 AIA New South Wales Chapter – Commendation for Interior

2009 First Prize – Two Stage Design Competition

Hunter Medical Research Institute

Newcastle, Australia
Hunter Medical Research Institute
Project 2008 – 2012

A four level building in a bushland setting for the Hunter Medical Research Institute, the project is a unique joint venture between Hunter New England Health, the University of Newcastle and the Hunter community near Newcastle, New South Wales.

The building provides a world class medical research amenity that fosters and enables research collaboration between multidisciplinary teams, across institutions and geographic sites, and coordinates research activity and resource distribution for the Hunter region, with close links to the local community.

The facility is designed to accommodate five different research divisions: Viruses, Immunity, Vaccines and Asthma (VIVA); Pregnancy and Reproduction; Information Based Medicine; Public Health and an upcoming research program.

In association with S2F (Sinclair Knight Merz).


2013 AIA NSW Chapter – Newcastle Jury Prize for Best Overall Contribution to Newcastle Architecture

2013 AIA NSW Chapter – Public Architecture Award Winner

Walter + Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research

Melbourne, Australia
Walter + Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research
Project 2006 – 2012

The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute is at the forefront of international medical research.  A new building and renovation of an existing building doubles the Institute’s size and creates a distinctive landmark.

Carrying a vibrant, forward-looking imagery for the whole complex, the new building is conceived as a series of horizontally stacked metal boxes.  Each is a satin silver envelope brought to life with glazing shaded by banks of screening louvres with randomly placed downturned tab edges.

The older building is, in part, lightly wrapped in a new polished aluminium skin fusing it to the new.

The seven levels of each building link directly in a new atrium.  It offers visual connection between levels and with views of the working laboratories from glazed lifts, enhances a sense of community within the workspace.

In association with S2F (Sinclair Knight Merz).

University of Indonesia Central Library

Jakarta, Indonesia
University of Indonesia
Competition 2009 | Project 2009 – 2011

Winner of a National Design Competition, the 28,900m² library is designed as a series of abstracted stone tablets – ‘prasasti’ – rising from a circular grass-covered earth mound.

Maintaining a stable ambient temperature, the lower levels housed in the mound provide storage for manuscripts, books and research / reference materials.  Above, book stacks are arranged on the outer perimeter of the circular base.  Closer to the centre are the reading rooms, where the composition opens up to dramatic views of the lake.

Narrow bands of glass openings are carved into the granite towers.  These are of varying heights rising from the mound.

Housing up to five million items and visited by up to 20,000 people a day, the library is one of the largest in Asia.


Monash Art Design + Architecture

Melbourne, Australia
Monash University
Project 1997 – 1999

When Monash University acquired a former institute of technology, Denton Corker Marshall’s masterplan for the Caulfield campus created a central open space – a university green – around which faculty buildings are concentrated.

Denton Corker Marshall completed three of these buildings including, the studios and teaching facilities for the Faculties of Art + Design and Applied Arts.

Sited on one of Melbourne’s busiest suburban roads, the building turns inwards to an internal courtyard.  Its outer wall undulates along the road and is clad with a metal skin, held up by a series of yellow sticks.  Viewed at speed along the highway, the image of the campus is defined by the dynamic silver wavy wall.  Its anodised aluminium shingles produce a dramatic sculptural impact.

Inside, facilities include studios for industrial and graphic design, multimedia studios, teaching laboratories, gold and silver-smithing studios, lecture theatre and gallery spaces accessed from an open two-storey spine.


1999 RAIA Victorian Chapter – Award of Merit Institutional – New

1999 RAIA National Sir Zelman Cowen Award for Public Buildings Commendation

Singapore University of Technology + Design

Singapore University of Technology + Design
Competition 2010

Denton Corker Marshall’s proposal was one of five in an international design competition for a new university of 8,000 students and 213,600m² of academic and support space.

Bold interlocking forms powerfully express the spirit of collaboration fostered by interdisciplinary programs that will bring students together to share ideas, work in teams and experience hands-on learning.

Within the forms, flexible warehouse-like spaces turn conventional classrooms into hybrid buildings which can be modified for a variety of pedagogical uses.  Informal learning lounges are scattered around key circulation nodes.

The symbolic and functional hub, the Campus Centre, is composed of pure cubes.  It comprises the library, auditorium, International Design Centre and the Forum.  The Forum is a large covered outdoor room with skylight roof creating a generous light-filled, green space.

In association with CPG Consultants, Singapore.

CSIRO Black Mountain

Canberra, Australia
CSIRO Property Services
Project 2013

The CSIRO commissioned Denton Corker Marshall to prepare a masterplan report for the consolidation of Canberra’s CSIRO facilities onto the Black Mountain campus.

The masterplan incorporates an understanding of the Black Mountain site in its entirety including influences affecting planning and development on the site.  This holistic approach is expected to avoid unexpected surprises later in the life of the project.  The masterplan includes relationship diagrams that identify the physical and functional links between departments, hours of use and public accessibility; requirements for vehicles; goods and people movement systems; carparking and any special external requirements.

In addition to the masterplan, concept design for a mixed-use commercial office and laboratory precinct was developed.  Due to Government expenditure requirements, the project is required to be split into two phases.  Phase one includes the construction of two interlinked buildings, with phase two providing a third interconnected building.

In association with S2F (Sinclair Knight Merz).

Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, The University of Melbourne

Melbourne, Australia
The University of Melbourne
Competition 2015

Denton Corker Marshall was invited to participate in a design competition for the new Melbourne Conservatorium of Music.  The proposed design is about movement and transparency, and expresses the energy, vitality and sensibility of music in built form, both internally and externally.

The body of the conservatorium is a cube-like form, eroded to reveal rooms, spaces, walkways, stairs, lifts, balconies and voids into the heart of the building.  These forms combine to make a complex interactive and, in a sense, tactile composition that invites visual discovery.

The ‘public’ face of the conservatorium is a glass veil.  This wraps two sides of the cube in a single sensuous sweep, subtly twisting and bending to create a clear sense of movement and harmony.

The veil, supported by a series of slender stainless steel canted columns, is glazed with frameless clear glass panels, fritted in a diminishing density of white frosting from near pure white at the top to clear at the base.  In this way, the veil has a singular reading as a sculptural form.

Australian Centre for Neuroscience Research

Melbourne, Australia
Howard Florey Institute; Brain Research Institute; National Stroke Institute; Mental Health Institute, Austin Health
Competition 2007

Concept design of an internationally competitive research centre comprising two facilities on two different sites.

The proposal for the Parkville facility has a simplicity, clarity and presence of form that sets it apart from all other buildings in the precinct.  It is treated as an abstract sculptural object – a pure rectilinear block hovering above the tree canopy of Royal Parade.  It is clad in a perforated metal outer skin that creates a transparent environmental veil.

The concept for the Austin facility seeks to make a strong link with the Parkville facility.  The visual expression of the simple form with an abstract sculptural quality, is the same but with a subtle variation.

Internally, the design of both centres seeks to create a laboratory and clinical environment for collaborative scientific research.  The laboratory configuration maximises physical and visual interaction within the scientific areas, while maintaining required regulatory and operational control.

Law, Business + Economics Complex, Monash University

Melbourne, Australia
Monash University
Competition 2012

Denton Corker Marshall’s shortlisted competition entry for the Law, Business and Economics Complex at Monash University’s Caulfield campus accommodates the two faculties in highly flexible and collaborative environments.

It supports the broader campus academic program through a new 500 seat teaching space and contemporary technology-rich learning spaces.

The new development serves the campus community and adds vitality to the western end of the campus.  Importantly, the design creates a space of civic scale that invites and encourages external communities on to the campus.

The complex also accommodates a retail component consisting of a range of convenience and essential retail outlets, as well as food and beverage outlets focused on a campus room hub.

The distinctive cantilevered forms exploit the site’s high profile location, on the corner of Derby and Princes Highway and opposite the Caulfield Train Station, to declare the University’s presence.

Sentul International Convention Centre

West Java, Indonesia
Bethany Church Indonesia
Project 2002 – 2005

On a 10 hectare site the Centre features a large auditorium seating 11,000, along with a 2,000 seat auditorium, and five conference rooms with ancillary facilities.

State-of-the-art acoustic and technological facilities cater for concerts and live performances as well as conventions.  Parking for 80 buses and 2,000 cars is accommodated on site, while the adjacent tower houses administrative offices.

The concept is a simple stone sculpture buried into the landscape.  The oval auditorium that emerges out of the mound becomes a less imposing form in the landscape.

Computer Science + General Teaching Building, Monash University

Melbourne, Australia
Monash University
Project 1990 – 1993

A new Computer Science + General Teaching Building at Monash University’s Caulfield campus.

The facility houses the Computing School, general teaching areas, student union facilities and two multi-purpose lecture theatres.

The building features aluminium-clad forms above a ceramic tile-clad, concrete-framed base.  The pattern of yellow stick columns to the colonnade sets a rhythm along the face of the building and a simple black concrete frame creates a three dimensional grid.  The lecture theatres burst out of the grid but appear to be held down by the frame.

Internally, the teaching spaces are ordered around a central spine.  The black tiled wall along one side of the space is counterpoint to the stepped white wall of the teaching spaces.  The sloping faces and the theatre forms extend into the foyer, and within theatres, the basic white internal shell is wrapped at the stage end with a dark grey perforated metal acoustic sheath.

1994 RAIA Victorian Chapter – Award of Merit for Outstanding Architecture Institutional – New

Royal Parade Biosciences Zone Study

Melbourne, Australia
The University of Melbourne
Project 2015

The Royal Parade Biosciences Zone Study at The University of Melbourne, comprises the north-central portion of the zone from Tin Alley to Genetics Lane in Parkville.

The study addresses a number of important campus objectives. It provides an ‘open door’ to the University at an urban scale and as the new front door for the Biosciences.  It also highlights achievements within the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Science and the School of Biosciences through the building itself.  And it lifts facilities for ‘Teaching at Scale’ (large lecture theatres, laboratories) by one or two-storeys above ground plane to provide more transparent and flexible ground floor experience, allowing views and attracting people through the building to the University.

Pedagogically, it creates an opportunity for the journey through the building to be a ‘retail exposure of the Biosciences’ with nodes of activity and interest to reflect the key messages of the faculties and Schools.

University of Queensland Student Housing

Brisbane, Queensland
Competition 2014


Jakarta, Indonesia
Project 2018 – Current

Binus University, Alam Sutera Campus

Tangerang, Indonesia
Project 2009 – 2014

University of Multimedia Nusantara

Jakarta, Indonesia
Project 2010 – 2013

King Hamad University Hospital

Bahrain, Middle East
Project 2003 – 2012

RMIT Knowledge Hub

Melbourne, Australia
Competition 2011

Binus Kindergarten + Primary School

Serpong, Indonesia
PT Bina Nusantara
Project 2009 – 2011

The new Binus Kindergarten + Primary School occupies a 2.8 hectare site with facilities for 2,000 students, 150 – 200 teachers and 25 administration staff.

An addition to the Binus Secondary School, the project represents phase two of a three phase project.  The facilities are designed to encourage children to be creative from an early age.  The architecture draws on playground themes using colours and shapes reminiscent of Lego-like games and snaking elements that twist and turn to form a variety of interesting spaces.

Classes are organised around a series of open air courtyards, each connected through covered walkways.  Spaces for extracurricular activities are strategically positioned and colour coded for easy identification.

A centralised administration building provides formal entry to the complex and a large open sports playground separates the two schools containing an open stage and two basketball courts.


2014 AIA International Architecture Awards – Commendation Public Architecture Abroad

Cancer Research Centre Feasibility Study, Hunter Medical Research Institute

Newcastle, Australia
Project 2010

Griffith Health Centre, Griffith University

Brisbane, Australia
Griffith University
Competition 2010

A design competition for the new Griffith Health Centre and Common Use Teaching Facility at Griffith University’s Gold Coast campus.

The 25,000m2 facility houses a range of medical teaching facilities, laboratories and clinics focused on dental medicine and technology along with, physiotherapy, psychology and health administration.

An economical design achieved a floor area efficiency of 70% for the Health Centre in an 11-storey wing, wrapped in a high performance ESD skin.

Low rise lecture halls are located adjacent to the tall facility on a linear plaza connected to the campus pedestrian network.

Mawson Lakes Campus Masterplan, University of South Australia

Adelaide, Australia
Project 1998 – 2008

Faculty of Architecture, Building + Design, The University of Melbourne

Melbourne, Australia
The University of Melbourne
Competition 2009

A shortlisted international competition to design a new building for the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Design for the University of Melbourne.

The proposed building is a neutral and flexible work in progress that is more about an idea than a finished product.  To accommodate pedagogical changes over time and variations in studio-based education and teaching programs, a highly flexible warehouse for learning was proposed.  It comprises simple rectilinear, undifferentiated space shaped by functional demands, site conditions and sustainability imperatives.

With regard to form and expression, as a place of teaching architecture, the building must express an essential defining characteristic that is about idea and content rather than style.  We proposed clothing the building with an environmental skin or veil.  Its effect is to give visual expression to the simplest of architectural forms – the box – with an imagery that is simultaneously neutral, powerful and expressive.  The skin embodies the essence of architecture: form, articulation, volume, containment, solidity, transparency, structure and surface.

10 Pulteney Street, University of Adelaide

Adelaide, Australia
Project 2006

University of Auckland Business School

Auckland, New Zealand
University of Auckland
Competition 2001

A limited design competition for the University of Auckland’s new Business School, the proposed complex is conceived as a community, a multi-rise ‘village’ straddling the edge of the campus and the surrounding city space.

The scale of the school is broken down into a number of slender blocks intersected by a lateral atrium.  The effect is of a hierarchy of different functions united by the common gesture of the dramatic vertical ‘street’.  This simple unifying device allows the component structure of the school to be connected to the activating link, or street.

In association with Warren and Mahoney.

South East Precinct, Queensland University of Technology

Brisbane, Australia
Queensland University of Technology
Competition 2001

A limited design competition for the Queensland University of Technology, the proposed new 45,000m² building is sited on the south eastern edge of the campus.

It provides accommodation for the Engineering and Information Technology Departments along with new community facilities such as Student Union and Student Refectory.

Planed around the ‘University Court’, the new central heart of the campus, the design also focuses on Old Gas House, a heritage building sited on the cultural corridor linking the new pedestrian cycle bridge across the Brisbane River which joins South Bank to the city via the campus.

In association with PDT Architects.

Rupert Myers Building, University of New South Wales

Sydney, Australia
Project 1996 – 1999

Levels Campus Masterplan, University of South Australia

Adelaide, Australia
Project 1998 – 1999

Masterplan Review, Monash University

Melbourne, Australia
Project 1997

Syme Business Building, Monash University

Melbourne, Australia
Project 1991 – 1996

Linkway + Lift, Singapore Polytechnic

Project 1994 – 1996