Australian Embassy, Jakarta

Jakarta, Indonesia
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Competition 2009 | Project 2009 – 2016

Selected in a limited design competition, the Australian Embassy complex houses the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and 13 other government departments and agencies.

The complex comprises Chancery, Executive Residence, 32 staff accommodation units, clinic and recreational facilities, compliant with mandated security.  It provides sufficient space, functionality and amenity for all occupants.

The visual imagery of the Chancery, as a reflection of an expression of Australia, works at a number of levels.  The form is uncomplicated, direct but at the same time powerful and memorable.  It is unequivocal and confident.  It does not look superficially ‘Australia’, but relies on a more subtle reading of the Australian character.  The materials reflect not only characteristic colours of the Australian landscape but also convey something of the natural resources and mineral wealth.

British Embassy, Manila

Manila, Philippines
UK Government Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Project 2004 – 2009

The Embassy is a low rise building in a garden setting.  It is a composition of four elements: two juxtaposed burnished metal blocks, one canted against the other, a stone block and a plane of greenery forming the entrance canopy.

The contrast between these simple abstract forms and the generosity of the enveloping landscape, give the building a welcome but powerful presence.

Designed to project an image of modern Britain, the Embassy building combines innovative architecture and environmentally sensitive design with the modern-day needs of security.

Chinese Consulate, Melbourne

Melbourne, Australia
Consulate of the People's Republic of China
Project 2000 – 2002

Denton Corker Marshall was engaged to design a new building for the Consulate of the People’s Republic of China, in Melbourne.

Built on a site adjacent to the existing Consulate, the building comprises basement parking, ground and first floor visa offices, and four staff apartments on the second floor.

The three-storey building comprises approximately 2,500m² GFA

Australian Embassy, Tokyo

Tokyo, Japan
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Project 1986 – 1990

Located in a prestigious district of central Tokyo, the Embassy complex comprises Chancery, Head of Mission Residence, 42 apartments for Embassy staff and recreation facilities with basement carpark.

The design integrates each of the complex’s elements to create a unified composition in an elegant, established garden setting.

The Chancery building is at the core of the complex and encloses a central courtyard.  It is flanked on either side by L-shaped blocks of apartments.

The use of apartments to reinforce the scale of the Chancery creates an overall image of Australia that is bold and confident and in scale with the other adjacent buildings.  The Head of Mission Residence is located at one end, while staff recreation facilities including pool, tennis court, bar and library are found at the other.

The use of component fabricated claddings of stainless steel, aluminium and bolted steel sitting on a granite and black concrete base, results in an assertively contemporary image for Australia’s diplomatic mission in Tokyo.

Australian Embassy, Beijing

Beijing, China
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Project 1982 – 1992

Designed and built in the 1980s, the Embassy comprises a three level Chancery building, a separate Head of Mission Residence on two levels, with formal reception rooms and 35 apartments for Embassy staff.

The demands of identity and context are well served by the typical Beijing courtyard house which was adopted as the model for the Embassy.

Without resorting to pastiche, the Embassy incorporates many characteristics of the Beijing courtyard house: the axial planning and hierarchical disposition of elements, and local construction techniques and materials.

The walled compound gathers together the different programmatic elements of the modern diplomatic enclave into a single complex, and answers climatic imperatives as well as knitting into the existing city.

The courtyard type is also subjected to reinterpretation, with the large openings in the perimeter wall that enable views into the compound, literally an expression of Australian openness.

1992 RAIA International Award Winner

Syrian Embassy

Canberra, Australian
Competition 2010

British Embassy, Jakarta

Jakarta, Indonesia
Competition 2004

British Embassy + Residence, Warsaw

Warsaw, Poland
Competition 2003

British Embassy Refurbishment, Budapest

Budapest, Hungary
Project 1994 – 1995