Non-Fictional Narratives. Denton Corker Marshall
Leon van Schaik
Birkhäuser Verlag, Basel, 2008
A studio-based practice that has grown internationally, Denton Corker Marshall’s body of work constantly explores the fusing of art, architecture and tectonics into a distinctive architectural language.
Denton Corker Marshall’s work is characterised by an uncompromising attitude to design quality. The ability to solve complex design problems is the hallmark of the practice. From the world’s tallest building down to the scale of a coffee cup, the studio’s design approach consistently produces highly original solutions. As architects, the firm operates from a core of planning. Whenever designing projects the objective is to design beyond site and programme to embrace wider environmental and social concerns.
The practice began in Melbourne in 1972 and is run by founding directors John Denton, Bill Corker and Barrie Marshall, together with Stephen Quinlan in London, Budiman Hendropurnomo in Jakarta and Adrian FitzGerald in Melbourne. With 120 architects and design staff, the firm utilises advanced communications and is committed to a global presence with completed projects in 20 countries.
Among the most important recent projects presented by the volume are the Civil Justice Center in Manchester, UK; Webb Bridge in Melbourne, Australia; and the Dongqianhu International Educational Forum in Ningbo, China. With the Chong Qing International New Town the firm has taken on the planning of an entire city for the first time.