Office + Commercial
Project 2018 – Current
A 88,000m2 mixed-use development on Beach Road in Singapore, Guoco Midtown redefines public spaces, enhances street life and introduces a new experience of working and city living.
Low rise, human scale, street level buildings and public spaces extend around the conserved three-storey former Beach Road Police Station. Drawing inspiration from the Beach Road shophouse district, new streets are extended into the site.
The centrally located Seawater Street is flanked by public spaces and low-rise retail and restaurant buildings with alfresco dining spilling into two large sheltered public spaces: City Room and Market Place. Each has a distinctive design creating a memorable sense of place.
In total, eight different public plazas and gardens provide 19,000m2 of landscape and lush greenery, with a combined total of 94% green replacement of the site area.
The 71,500m2 premium 30-storey Grade A office tower caters to dynamic companies with fast-changing demands.
839 Collins Street
Project 2011 – 2019
The 839 Collins Street design takes advantage of the site’s ideal southern solar orientation, overlooking the Yarra River, to create a unique clear glass ‘river window’ façade.
At ground level, the glazed foyer opens up river views for pedestrians on the Collins Street corridor. The remaining Collins Street façade comprises fine grain retail shop boxes.
The 56,200m² gross floor area development devotes 19 floors to office space. Boutique office units of 1,170m² occupy the first two floors of the Collins Street podium, with an accessible, landscaped roof terrace above.
Office space is accommodated in large, column-free floor plates of 2,000m² net lettable area, providing flexibility and maximised core to wall ratio.
Sustainability principles are embodied in the design to achieve a 5 Star Green Star, and a 4.5 Star NABERS energy rating.
One Melbourne Quarter
Project 2014 – 2018
One Melbourne Quarter is the first stage of a major, two hectare urban regeneration project. The site is bounded by two of Melbourne’s most iconic streets, Collins and Flinders. It also spans a major urban arterial road – Wurundjeri Way.
Melbourne Quarter brings together all the ingredients that make diverse, vibrant neighbourhoods including workplaces, city living, dining, shopping and urban open space. The commercial precinct of the $1.9B redevelopment comprises three towers linked with a unique Sky Park floating above a central square and a network of laneways.
One Melbourne Quarter contains 25,000m2 in a 14-storey block, over a four level carpark / strata office block. Public realm frontages on all sides are activated with retail and café spaces together with a 200 bicycle end of trip facility. Retail space in small stepped articulated retail pavilions accommodate the Collins Street hill.
The Sky Park floats 10 metres above open public space, entries and retail pavilions. Conceived as a timber plank it overhangs the Collins Street frontage for 90 metres.
20 Farringdon Street
Project 2015 – 2018
Located in the City of London, 20 Farringdon Street is a new $52M commercial office development incorporating over 9,000m2 of A-Grade office accommodation.
The prime location of the site offered the opportunity to visually link the main thoroughfare of Farringdon Street with the Fleet Place, a quiet city square. The façade design of the typical office floors, reinforces this link by wrapping around all three sides of the building to create a strong visual connection between the two areas.
The lower levels of the 12-storey development respond to the existing building line and oversailing restrictions on Farringdon Street and Old Fleet Lane. The upper levels are set back in response to built form controls, creating accessible terraces.
Internally, floor to ceiling glazing creates a light, bright and contemporary office environment, reinvigorating this key site and Farringdon Street.
Denton Corker Marshall Studio
Denton Corker Marshall
Project 2014 – 2016
After 35 years, we outgrew our studio at 49 Exhibition Street, Melbourne. Spread over five small floors, we needed a new contemporary workspace with high connectivity, high flexibility, and good daylight and amenity. Level 19 in the IM Pei classic modernist tower at Collins Place, allowed us to consolidate onto a single floor.
The new space reflects the Denton Corker Marshall approach to design – disarmingly minimalist, direct, simple, robust and enduring. It is predominantly a working space, a workshop for the making of architecture.
A memorable entry instantly signals the practice as a creative institution within a corporate tower. The reception seat is the stand-out insertion, a distinctive and memorable feature of the space. It is not an object of place on the floor; it is the floor itself – swollen and split.
2019 AIA National Emil Sodersten Award for Interior Architecture
2019 AIA Victorian Chapter Award for Interior Architecture
20 Cannon Street
Allied London Properties Management
Project 2010 – 2014
Denton Corker Marshall was engaged to refurbish an existing 1960s office building in a prominent location in the city of London, opposite St Paul’s Cathedral.
The 4,600m² building was stripped back to its concrete structure, including the removal of all services and existing cladding, and upgraded to achieve a BREEM excellent rating.
Now a boutique office environment, the upgraded property is finished with a new, fully glazed façade with a metal interlayer on the south elevation, providing not only solar control but also a distinctive feature for the building.
BlackRock Property Singapore
Project 2007 – 2013
With a total of 300,000m² gross floor area, this mixed-use development in Singapore’s new financial district, Marina Bay, comprises office, hotel, retail and cultural activities.
The two towers sit above a floating white rectangular podium. The towers are each seemingly composed of a cluster of eight slender shafts that individually rise to differing heights, creating a distinctive signature on the Singapore skyline.
The podium, by contrast, is expressed as a singular, unifying element, an ‘ice block’ floating above the ground plane to provide a large city room known as The Cube.
Asia Square’s Tower One provides 38 levels of high grade office accommodation. Tower Two accommodates a 305 room, 5 Star Westin Hotel, set above 26 levels of commercial office space.
In association with Architects 61.
2014 AIA International Architecture Awards – Commendation in Commercial Category
2011 International Property Awards, Asia Pacific Region Best Mixed-Use Development (5 Star)
2011 International Property Awards, Asia Pacific Region Highly Commended Office Development
The Brewery Building 4
Competition 2007 – 2009
A landmark commercial tower forming part of Grocon’s masterplan for the Carlton Brewery site in central Melbourne.
Expressed as a tall flanking element, Building 4, the largest in Grocon’s masterplan, provides a new long distance marker for Melbourne’s civic spine which stretches from the Shrine of Remembrance through the heart of the city.
At around 50-storeys, the building provides some 85,000m² of commercial office space with the potential for a hotel and / or apartments on the upper floors, subject to planning approval.
The design features a simple language of ‘sticks’ to create a series of closely spaced, slender towers that will generate arresting views from the surrounding streets and public spaces. A distinctive crown to the tower will be created by eroding the tops of selected sticks providing a highly memorable silhouette on the northern city skyline.
Sydney Water Headquarters
Project 2006 – 2009
A state-of-the art 40,000m² office tower providing 23,000m² net lettable office space, located on the south east corner of the Civic Place development in Parramatta New South Wales.
The design comprises two major components: a simple and clearly articulated tower set on piloti (columns), housing Sydney Water’s office accommodation; and a four level base, contained within the curtilage of the tower, providing special purpose areas including café and reception lobby, designed for interface with the public.
The 17-storey tower consists of two glazed slabs separated by a glazed interlayer. The slabs, one taller than the other, sit on piloti and are seemingly composed of stacks of two-storey high glazed cubes. A further thin slab is laid against the major tower stacks, completing the tower ensemble. The tower itself is a beacon for sustainable design. It features a façade of high performance glass with supplementary sun shading.
One New York Street
Project 2006 – 2009
Located in Manchester on a central city site, the scheme comprises premium quality office accommodation over a single level of retail outlets.
The design creates a dynamic impact at cityscape level. Its architectural form consists of two-storey glass and metal elements which give the illusion of sliding in and out of the main building envelope. These ‘sliding’ boxes build up the massing of the building and give it a physical impression of turning the corner, thus creating a greater perceived link between the streets.
The two-storey over-scaling of horizontal elements emphasises the simplicity of the building block aesthetic. It also provides a powerful focus when looking from Piccadilly Gardens down Mosley Street, while creating a new anchor to the street.
UOB Plaza Office Tower
PT Luminary Prima Group
Project 2002 – 2009
A 44-storey prime office building accommodating a leading commercial bank.
Having inherited four basements and a four-storey skeleton from a previous, abandoned design, Denton Corker Marshall re-designed the building to create a prestigious commercial landmark.
The design concept is robust yet highly flexible, consisting of horizontal glass boxes that increase and decrease in height and length. When a decision was made to change the initial use of the building from hotel and serviced apartments to offices, the floor to floor heights were extended in the upper half of the boxes without having to radically alter the composition of the original design.
Environmentally sustainable design features include east west orientation of the building to minimise exposure to eastern and western sun, a sophisticated double glazing system and a sewage treatment plant to recycle waste water.
Ministry of Trade Building
Government of the Republic of Indonesia Departemen Perdagangan
Project 2006 – 2008
Located near Merdeka Place in Jakarta, this 16-storey office building for the Government of Indonesia takes the shape of a series of interesting solid and transparent boxes.
The longitudinal office accommodation of the building was orientated to minimize exposure to the eastern and western sun.
A large auditorium, exhibition hall and library are open to public access. This complex project required tight security and the relocation of numerous trade agencies from other buildings.
Beijing Zhongkun Investment Group
Project 2002 – 2007
A 19-storey office development near the Beijing Zoo, on a 0.8 hectare site, adjacent to the Nanchang (formerly Jade) River.
The 70,000m² building is the most significant part of a 14 – 15 hectare redevelopment comprising a total of 360,000m² of residential, commercial, retail and recreational space.
The sculptural form of the office tower creates a notable landmark in its urban setting. The building’s visual bulk is reduced by breaking the form into finger elements stepping up within the height limit.
The distinctive striped appearance of the façade is created with horizontal window panels of dark and silver glass interspersed with strips of titanium-coated aluminium composite panels. Large clear glass ‘urban windows’ further disguise the apparent scale.
Mohammad Al-Mojil Group
A series of powerful architectural elements is set in a landscape formation – a unique response not only to the design of a podium, but also to the prevailing climate of Dubai.
The towers, which accommodate the office, hotel and residential uses, become striking complementary forms that integrate and appear to grow naturally out of the podium. The overall composition can be perceived as three distinct elements: podium, cluster office tower, residential/hotel towers.
The concept proposes a living and working environment that layers activities vertically in a sequence progressing from private living / work areas through a privileged interactive zone to areas fully accessible to the public.
2011 MIPIM Architectural Review Future Projects Award – Winner Tall Buildings Category
Suncorp Metway Investment Management; ABN Amro
Project 2001 – 2006
Brisbane Square is a landmark building located in a key urban position fronting the Brisbane River and North Quay, with direct links to Queen Street pedestrian mall.
The 37-storey office tower and podium of 65,000m² accommodates Brisbane City Council offices and public library, with retail facilities and a public plaza, as well as commercial office space for the building owner.
Designed as an important social and cultural hub for the city, the ground plane is dedicated to the public domain. Shops, café and food outlets at street level open onto a public space in front of the neighbouring old Treasury building. Floating over the plaza and providing slashes of colour are four low-rise linear stick buildings housing the council library, customer service centre and other office space.
The tower sits six-storeys above ground and has two distinct sections. Yellow sticks set the top ten levels apart for use by the owner, while a perforated sunscreen over the glass façade demarcates the Council offices.
Project 2001 – 2004
A five-storey, 25,000m² commercial office building sitting over the Queen Victoria (QV) retail complex in central Melbourne.
The building, located over a four level retail complex, was required to exhibit its separate identity, together with its own ground level address. To this end, it was designed as simple, elegantly detailed rectilinear forms, floating in strong contrast to the somewhat chaotic forms of the retail building below.
Where the ground level identity and address is needed, the foyer is visually connected to the floors above by distinctive inclined columns supporting a complementary transparent box form.
As a building that resides in an urban roof-scape, it is widely visible from surrounding city buildings at a distance. Its presence in this environment is emphasised by configuring the plantrooms as large colourful stick forms placed, seemingly casually, on the roof.
Tai Yip Building
Tak Shing Investment Co.
Project 2000 – 2002
The tight streets and high land prices in Hong Kong’s Wanchai district result in correspondingly small sites.
To maximise the plot ratio on the 16 x 20 metre site, two 30-storey needle towers – sticks – lean against a blade containing fire escape stairs and services. Despite being only 8 x 8 metres when combined, the two towers provide usable floor plates of 160m².
Formally, the objective is to make the tower look thinner and taller by making it read as two stick towers, and to heighten its eccentricity, providing presence and identity in a context of buildings clamouring for attention.
The towers are clad in glass and metal, producing a tight, crisp skin. The metal plates are apparently riveted and the frameless glazing is set on the same plane. The shafts of the towers start directly out of the ground. The effect is of machine-like extrusions.
Entry is designated minimally by a hole punched through the skin and the addition of a simple projecting canopy.
Melbourne Tower Study
Project 1995 – 1998
Amongst the world’s tallest towers at 560 metres, this ground-breaking design was proposed as part of the Melbourne Docklands redevelopment. The tower has 120 levels and a 108 metre light pinnacle.
The project incorporates 28 floors of commercial office space, 450 residential apartments, a 320 room, 5 Star hotel and associated retail facilities.
Governor Macquarie Tower
State Authorities Superannuation Board
Project 1992 – 1994
Denton Corker Marshall was commissioned via an international competition to design the redevelopment of an entire city block on the site of Australia’s First Government House, in the heart of the financial and legal precinct of Sydney’s central business district.
The design includes two commercial buildings: Governor Macquarie Tower and Governor Phillip Tower; the new Museum of Sydney; the restoration of two groups of heritage terraces and two public plazas.
Governor Macquarie Tower, is a 46 level commercial office building providing 60,000m² of space. The building sits as a companion to its neighbour, Governor Phillip Tower.
Governor Phillip Tower
State Authorities Superannuation Board
Project 1990 – 1993
Governor Phillip Tower provides 56,000m² of premium office accommodation, elevated on a podium above the site.
The tower’s polished grey granite shaft and cap of slender stainless steel fins puncturing the skyline, draw the eye and the mass of the building upwards, divorcing the tower from the 19th century reading of the street.
The sandstone podium absorbs and reinforces the street level context of heritage terrace houses, and the Chief Secretary’s Building and Education Department Building on either side.
Governor Phillip Tower is known in the real estate industry as one of Australia’s most lettable buildings, in terms of its quality, and the economy and flexibility of the floor plate design.
1994 RAIA National Award for Most Outstanding Work of Commercial Architecture in Australia
1994 RAIA NSW Chapter – Sir John Sulman Medal
101 Collins Street
Project 1987 – 1991
A 57 level, 130,000m² office building, set mid-block in Collins Street, Melbourne’s premier commercial address.
The tower is set back from the Collins Street frontage with a podium level that defines the footpath edge and relates to existing street scale development.
The tower is of polished grey granite, articulated by four symmetrical framed glass buttresses projecting from the tower, but stepping back to the façade at the upper levels.
The podium and tower provide 82,000m² of net lettable area plus associated car parking for 1,325 cars (425 in the basement and the rest in a separate car parking building).
The project also included the restoration and conversion of two existing historic buildings.
As with Governor Phillip Tower, 101 Collins Street is also recognised as one of the most prestigious and lettable buildings in Australia, due to designs that combined remarkably flexible floor plates with timeless architectural expression.
222 Exhibition Street
Project 1985 – 1988
A 30 level, 33,500m² office tower with basement and podium carpark, ground level retail and residential space.
The design demanded sensitive handling of building scale, texture and form. The tower sits over a textured masonry podium and consists of four flush-glazed corner shafts welded together by a decorative steel grillage of balconies that form a crown at the top.
The articulation of the heavily textured grillage with the slick flush glazing of the corner shafts, reduces the visual impact of what is a relatively bulky form.
1989 RAIA Victorian Chapter Merit Award for Outstanding Architecture Commercial – New
Huichen International Tower
Project 2013 – 2018
Kompas Multimedia Towers
Project 2014 – 2018
Project 2013 – 2016
Tianan Insurance Headquarters
Tianjin Super Tower
Project 2012 – 2014
Cecil Street Tower
Denton Corker Marshall was invited to submit a proposal for an office tower on a prime site in Singapore’s financial district.
The proposed 40 level, 77,100m² design optimised efficiency with typical floor plates of around 2,000m² net lettable area. Entry off Cecil Street is conceived as a lobby-in-the-park, taking advantage of the adjacent redesigned public open space.
259 George Street
Cervantes Saavedra Office Building
Project 2011 – 2012
Project 2008 – 2011
Esa Sampoerna Surabaya
Project 2008 – 2011
The Kuningan Place
Project 2005 – 2010
Dazhongsi International Plaza
Project 2003 – 2010
Parliament Square Redevelopment
Project 2002 – 2009
Menara Palma Office Building
Project 2005 – 2008
SOHO San Li Tun Study
Project 2006 – 2007
Westfield Downtown Centre Redevelopment Study
Federation Square East, ANZ
140 William Street
Project 2005 – 2006
Moscow China Trade Centre
Old Treasury Site
Hardman Boulevard Offices Study
Suncorp Multiplex Office Study
Sunshine 100, Beijing
Project 2000 – 2004
Multiplex Development Milson’s Point
Ernst + Young Building
Project 2001 – 2002
International Business Centre
Project 1998 – 2002
Freshwater Place, Southbank
1 Marina Place
Federation Square East, Multiplex
Project 2000 – 2001
Bank Slaski Headquarters
Project 1997 – 2000
363 George Street
Project 1996 – 2000
Sheikh Zayed Tower Study
Project 1998 – 1999
447 Collins Street Redevelopment Study
Project 1998 – 1999
Millennium Plaza Study
91 – 97 William Street
Project 1985 – 1987
Administration Building, Australian War Memorial
Project 1985 – 1988
No. 1 Collins Street
Project 1981 – 1985