An interview with Daniel Marshall
The interview below was made while Auckland-based architect Daniel Marshall was heading over to Waiheke Island project.
Is there something that connects all your projects?
We call it sculptural resolve – the commonality of our projects across quite different contexts and requirements are that the resolution is sculptural in nature – this is probably a result of my design process running between drawing, physical modeling and computer modeling throughout the entire project and across a range of scales. I place a great deal of emphasis on the context and we explore the landform, history and wider context a great deal.
What do you enjoy most in your work?
I think architects are generalists and as such you encounter a large range of conditions – from introspective analysis to highly collaborative action. I think the diversity is what keeps me stimulated and interested in the process.
What are the most important design elements?
One of my lecturers said that the Sydney Opera House wasn’t about the arching iconic forms; rather it was about the platforms. That statement has a revelation to me. I think the interaction of various floor levels, and how they interact with the surrounding context is the most important design element.