Infrastructure Architecture

Shipwreck Coast Masterplan Stage One

Victoria, Australia
Parks Victoria
Project 2018 – Current

Stage One of the Shipwreck Coast Masterplan encompasses three significant projects to revitalise a 28 kilometre stretch of Victoria’s world-famous Great Ocean Road.

The design approach recognises the differing characteristics and demands of each site and adopts a range of conceptual techniques – either creating a bold counterpoint, treading lightly upon the landscape or subsumed within the natural environment.

The proposal for the Saddle lookout at the 12 Apostles, is distinctive and dramatic, perched on top of the cliffs, to fully experience the scale and drama of the magnificent landscape.

Minimising its visual and physical impact upon both the landscape and the town, the proposed Port Campbell Creek pedestrian bridge will sit lightly above water and sand.

The proposal for the Loch Ard Blowhole lookout is discreetly nestled among the coastal vegetation on the very edge of the blowhole, hidden from the approaching paths, to provide a surprising and thrilling experience.

In association with Arup and McGregor Coxall.

Bridge of Remembrance

Hobart, Australia
City of Hobart
Project 2016 – 2019

The Bridge of Remembrance links two of the city’s most significant public spaces – the Cenotaph and Soldiers Memorial Avenue on the Queens Domain.

An elegant, twisting plane, the 200-metre-long bridge connects both sides of the broad highway entering Hobart, providing a distinctive entry portal to the city.  The four-metre-wide bridge emerges from the ground as an angular shard of metal, forming the vertical retaining wall at the base of the ramp.  The plane slowly leans back, momentarily reaching a horizontal position at the end of Anzac Parade, before continuing to twist and slowly rising to near vertical as is terminates on the western side.

The bridge design responds to the duality of the site in form and materials.  The two planes echo each other, twisting in parallel and flanking the bridge deck.  This duality and contrast is reinforced at night, with the functional and feature lighting strategy illuminating the lighter, ‘internal’ surface, while leaving the darker soffit in shadow.

In association with Arup, Inspiring Place and local architects BPSM.

2021 IDEA-TOPS International Space Design Awards – Transportation Space Award
2020 AIA National Architecture Awards – National Commendation for Urban Design
2020 AIA Tasmanian Chapter – The Dirk Bolt Award for Urban Design
2019 Australian Urban Design Awards Commendation

Matagarup Bridge

Perth, Australia
York Rizanni Joint Venture for Government of Western Australia
Competition 2014 | Project 2014 – 2018

A $54 million cable-stay pedestrian bridge designed by Denton Corker Marshall for a contracting joint venture between York Civil and Rizzani de Eccher Australia.

An elegant and organic form with a sinuous silhouette and slender profile, the design creates an original expression with multiple layers of interpretation.  It occupies the broad river with size and dignity that appropriately relates to the scale of the location and the Stadium.

Designed in collaboration with Italian engineering company, DEAL, the bridge will link East Perth with Perth Stadium, stretching 400 metres across the Swan River.  The journey is enhanced with landscaped ‘pause points’ creating a unique crossing experience which delivers shade and shelter to the 14,000 fans on event days and community uses throughout the year.

The unique tensile membrane skin over the curving masts are backlit with colour change LEDs, to transform the night experience and reinforce the distinctive asymmetric composition.

Westgate Freeway Upgrade

Melbourne, Australia
Westgate Alliance
Project 2006 – 2010

The Westgate Freeway Upgrade formed the largest section of the $1.4 billion Monash-CityLink-Westgate Upgrade and Denton Corker Marshall was the urban design leader for each of the three separate alliance projects.

The urban design minimised visual clutter and the impact of significant structural elements upon both motorists and the community.  An architectural language was developed with the objectives of consistency, legibility and visual reinforcement, to provide an understandable driving environment.

Continuity in colour, materials and form supported these objectives throughout the project, further reinforced by distinctive features at key locations.

At the meeting of two major road systems, a key decision point, two triangular wedges up to 96 metre long define the two routes and at the largest and most complex traffic interchange in the city, Montague Street, two 32 metre high portal structures flank the multiple routes.

Adelaide Central Bus Station

Adelaide, Australia
Urban Construct
Project 2002 – 2009

The Adelaide Central Bus Station provides amenities which cater for interstate, regional and day tour services as well as refreshments and visitor advice to more than 300,000 users each year.

The building design incorporates a strong visual motif which becomes the marker for the bus station and the wider re-development of a whole city block.  The façades to Franklin and Grote Streets are designed as contemporary metallic screens alluding to the extruded shapes of vehicles. Whilst in no way intended as a literal device, it is nevertheless hoped that they will convey a message or signal association with transportation.  The carpark and the elevated accommodation block sit behind the screens.

Tullamarine Calder Freeway Interchange

Melbourne, Australia
TCI Alliance
Project 2005 – 2007

Victoria’s first freeway alliance project, a $150 million reconfiguration of a high volume interchange, demanded high level input from all alliance parties and consultants.

Denton Corker Marshall was responsible for all urban design and freeway architecture input including elevated structures, barriers, retaining walls, noise walls and ancillary elements.

Key strategic urban design objectives were developed – consistency, legibility, wayfinding, sustainability – forming the basis of this and subsequent freeway projects.

Landscape, lighting and the Fin Wall are used to reinforce the alignment of the freeway as it turns north and assists with ‘wayfinding’ in the complex freeway interchange.  Pioneering ESD solar power initiatives were integrated into the noise walls.

Eleanor Schonell Bridge

Brisbane, Australia
John Holland
Project 2003 – 2006

The Eleanor Schonell Bridge (formerly Green Bridge) is a cable stayed bridge across the Brisbane River to the St Lucia campus of the University of Queensland.

At 520 metre long, with a 185 metre main span, the harp-configured support cables are suspended from two reinforced concrete towers rising 70 metres above the river.

Located in a sensitive woodlands precinct, the bridge responds to its distinctive setting.  Its curvilinear approach follows the natural grade, with the attendant shelter structures reflecting landscape characteristics.

This landmark project features a number of environmentally sustainable design elements, including an integrated solar panel bus shelter.

The bridge was Australia’s first for foot, bicycle and bus only traffic and has won critical acclaim around the world and in Australia for excellence in design and engineering.



2009 Austroads Conference Bridge Award for Large Structures and Gold Award for Overall Winner

Webb Bridge

Melbourne, Australia
Docklands Authority
Competition 2000 | Project 2000 – 2003

Denton Corker Marshall collaborated with the artist Robert Owen on this pedestrian and cycle bridge over the Yarra River, as a public art project in Melbourne’s Docklands precinct.

The brief called for the re-use of the remaining sections of a decommissioned railway bridge.  The design comprises two distinct sections: the 145 metre long existing structure and a new curved 80 metre ramped link.  The ramp takes up level changes and creates a point of arrival at the south bank.  They are joined seamlessly, with an emphasis on volume and containment, within the curved and sinuous form.

The two parts become a unified sculptural form, suggesting a new connection, or a knot, between the old and new, past and future.  As an object, it appears as a delineated structure, sensuous in volume, light and linear.  Space seems atmospheric, dynamic and transitional.

The bridge has not only become a symbol of the Docklands precinct, but of Melbourne itself.


2005 RAIA Victorian Chapter – Joseph Reed Urban Design Award

2005 RAIA National Commendation for Urban Design (In collaboration with Robert Owen)

Nanning City Gateway

Nanning, China
Nanning Administration Bureau of Planning
Project 2000 – 2002

The Nanning Gateway is a strong statement for visitors travelling into the city from the airport.

Viewed while pulling away from tollgates, the design presents a pair of monumental sculptural flowers flanking the freeway.

Proceeding along the route one of the flowers deconstructs into a series of petals projecting from the embankment to the right.  It is revealed to be an optical illusion, an assembly formed from the precise visual alignment of separate elements spread over several hundred metres.

This transformation of static sculptures changes the gateway into a dynamic space / time experience, exploiting the unique opportunities available to the moving observer.  This approach is quite different from what would apply to a static installation.  Each petal is nonetheless an individual sculpture in its own right, constructed from coloured, perforated metal panels so that it is partially transparent and creates a sense of movement from the moire patterns formed by the perforations.

South Bank Grand Arbour + Pergolas

Brisbane, Australia
South Bank Corporation
Project 1997 – 1999

A central aspect of Denton Corker Marshall’s South Bank masterplan, the Arbour is a kilometre long architectural / sculptural installation, providing a physical and visual link between the many facilities of the South Bank precinct.

Sinuous steel posts, up to ten metres high, support a bank of purple bougainvillea, either above, to the side, or entirely enveloping the curved path.  The juxtaposition of the various post configurations creates a diversity of spaces from tight and enclosed to wide and expansive.  Overlapping steel panels form a plated yellow ribbon canopy along half the Arbour’s length.

A total of 406 galvanized steel posts are spaced at four metre nominal centres.  Composed of three parts, each with three variants, there are a possible 108 different permutations to the post profiles.  Advanced CAD modelling and a modular system of components were utilised to aid design and construction.


2000 RAIA Queensland Chapter – Regional Commendation

Melbourne Gateway / Sound Tube

Melbourne, Australia
Transurban CityLink
Project 1995 – 1999

Inflated in scale, abstract in form and brightly coloured, the composition of modern urban installations along the CityLink freeway from Melbourne’s international airport makes for a memorable entry into the city.

The composition is a huge urban sculpture; a powerful and dynamic salute welcoming visitors.  Its gesture is dramatic, elegant and designed to be read at the speed of a moving car.

From the northern approach, what appears as a closed-off red wall quickly reveals itself as a giant ‘picket fence’ of 39 red sticks, a permeable screen of sculptural elements in the landscape.

A raked yellow beam cantilevered 70 metres over the roadway, is a symbolic archway – the modern urban equivalent of the universal boom gate in the up position.

A sinuous orange sound wall tilts over at 12 degrees and becomes vertical before tilting backwards.  At around 10 metres high and half a kilometre long, it is the symbolic city wall.

1999 RAIA National Special Jury Award for the Most Outstanding Works of Architecture

1999 RAIA Victorian Chapter – Commendation Urban Design

Bolte Bridge

Melbourne, Australia
Transurban CityLink
Project 1995 – 1999

The Bolte Bridge was constructed as part of the CityLink project; a ‘Gateway’ to Melbourne and a series of tollroads and tunnels completing an inner ring road.

The bridge is 490 metres long and consists of twin in-situ pre-stressed concrete box girders with two main spans of 173 metres and side spans of 72 metres.

The visual composition consists of two simple gestures: a blade leaping across the river, and two slender silver sticks, 120 metre high, marking the centre point and proclaiming the presence of the bridge across the city.

These huge sticks are not joined to the main body of the bridge, they are symbolic portals and city scale companions to the Gateway.

Bridge cantilevers are expressed as red wedges and, with the metallic silver aerofoil edge and closely spaced blue-white lights, draw an elegant and distinctive line across the Yarra River.


1999 RAIA National Special Jury Award for the Most Outstanding Works of Architecture for CityLink

1999 RAIA Victorian Chapter – Commendation Urban Design for Melbourne Gateway / CityLink

East West Link

Melbourne, Australia
East West Connect
Project 2013 – 2014

Denton Corker Marshall led the infrastructure architecture and urban design on the winning proposal for the $5.4 billion East West Link (EWL) in inner Melbourne.

With extensive infrastructure experience, including the adjacent Melbourne Gateway, the practice was uniquely placed to deliver innovative solutions for this visually and socially sensitive project.  The team embraced the physical characteristics of the engineering structures while striving to address visual and physical impact upon adjacent spaces.

The concept of ribbons was developed as the motif for the project, as abstract strokes rising and falling, appearing and disappearing, revealing and concealing.  It unified both the project’s individual components and the broader road network, when combined with a ‘Route Tagging’ concept.  Coloured ribbons appear at strategic locations to provide visual cues with the EWL green tagged to the eastbound routes, orange signalling CityLink and yellow marking routes to the city.

In association with Hassell.

South Road Planning Study

Adelaide, Australia
Project 2011 – 2013

Richmond Electrical Terminal Station

Melbourne, Australia
Project 2011 – 2013

Gateway WA Proposal

Perth, Australia
Competition 2012

Northbourne Avenue Transport Corridor Study

Canberra, Australia
Project 2010 – 2012

Richmond Rail Station Study

Melbourne, Australia
Project 2011

Lower Hatea River Crossing

Whangarei, New Zealand
Competition 2011

Jinsha Bridge

Hangzhou, China
Competition 2011

Williams Landing Railway Station

Melbourne, Australia
Competition 2010 – 2011

Hoddle Street Study

Melbourne, Australia
Project 2010 – 2011

Peninsula Link

Melbourne, Australia
Competition 2009 – 2010

Te Wero Bridge

Auckland, New Zealand
City of Auckland
Competition 2007 – 2008

Winning scheme in a two stage open international design competition for a new opening bridge for Auckland Harbour.

With the key criteria of design quality and innovation, the design incorporates innovative engineering and operational features to create a unique and iconic bridge structure.

The bridge responds to the visually active harbour context and distant views with large scale, distinctive sculptural form and an elegant profile.  Its vertical support mast creates a permanent gateway and orientation marker, and its deck splits in two, as it rises, sweeping apart to come to rest in a V configuration.

The bridge’s three primary elements of differing length and width form an asymmetric composition which, viewed from different locations around the harbour, creates an infinite range of juxtapositions as the bridge moves towards the mast.

In association with Hyder Consulting.

Tank Street Bridge

Brisbane, Australia
Competition 2006

Webb Dock Rail Link Study

Melbourne, Australia
Project 2006

Mitcham Frankston Freeway

Melbourne, Australia
Competition 2003

Southern Cross Station Redevelopment

Melbourne, Australia
Competition 2001 – 2002

Waitemata Waterfront Development Study

Auckland, New Zealand
Project 2000

Alliance Development Terminal

Sydney, Australia
Project 1998