External facade, 1 Shelley Street. Photo supplied by Macquarie Group

1 Shelley Street

Sunday 4 November

1 Shelley Street, Sydney

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Fitzpatrick + Partners

This striking commercial building in the King Street Wharf district is the purpose-designed home of the building’s sole tenant, Macquarie Group. Completed in February 2009, Macquarie’s brief to the architects Fitzpatrick + Partners was to develop an innovative and iconic landmark that would distinguish itself from surrounding buildings and establish benchmarks in sustainable design, while maintaining an efficient and functional working environment.

The architects worked with Arup engineers to develop the external steel grid system that eliminates perimeter columns and maximises the flexibility of floor space. The interior is focused around a ten-storey central atrium, with meeting-room pods dramatically projected into the void. The atrium is linked at several levels by bridges, stairs and open-floor levels, and an internal ‘street’ that travels along the length of the building. Out on the northern forecourt is a sculpture series by landscape architect and artist Anton James.

While the structural steel grid is expressed as its ‘wrapping’, the building’s sustainable design is integrated and seamless, incorporating chilled beam technology and harbour heat rejection, and a high-performance double-glazed glass facade that maximises natural light with minimal heat gain.

1 Shelley Street brings an energetic, innovative presence to the western edge of the CBD. The Green Building Council of Australia has awarded the building a 6 Star Green Star ‘World Leader’ rating.


2009 Estate Master Property Development Award, Australian Property Institute Excellence in Property Awards, Commercial, NSW

2009 Highly Commended BPN Sustainability Awards – Large Commercial Category, BPN Sustainability Awards, Environmental, NSW

2009 Excellence in Construction Best Use of Steel, Winner, Master Builders Association, Commercial, NSW

2009 Commercial Development, High Commendation, Urban Taskforce Australia, Commercial, NSW

2010 Architectural Steel Design Award, Winner, Australian Steel Institute, Commercial, NSW

2010 Structural Engineering Steel Design Award, Winner, Australian Steel Institute, Commercial, NSW

2010 Multilevel Steel Building Steel Design Award, Winner, Australian Steel Institute, Commercial, NSW

2010 Australian Construction Achievement Award, Finalist, Australian Constructors Association and Engineers Australia, Open, NSW

2010 Excellence Award, Winner, Engineers Australia, Commercial, National

2010 Excellence Award, Winner, Engineers Australia, Commercial, NSW

2010 Szencorp Green Building Award, Finalist, United Nations Association of Australia, Open, NSW

On Sunday 4 November

What’s open?

Level 1, ‘the street’, SPACE gallery (access via Erskine St)

Talks, tours & more


Talk by Macquarie Group First Nations Emerging Curator Freja Carmichael on the new exhibition Around and within

The SPACE gallery will be showing a Sydney Open exclusive preview of Around and within, the new exhibition by Macquarie Group First Nations Emerging Curator, Freja Carmichael. Please note access to the gallery is via Erskine St.


Priority access for SLM Members

Members get priority access to this building
Show your special Member wristband to gain priority access during Sydney Open.

to know

  • No photography

  • Lines expected

  • Toilets available

  • Food & drink available

  • Pram friendly
    Child/family friendly

  • Accessible

Opening hours

10am – 4pm

Last entry



1 Shelley Street, Sydney

Entry via

Shelley Street

Accessible entry

Adjacent to the main entry on Shelley Street


1 Shelley Street’s participation in Sydney Open has been made possible by Macquarie Group Ltd and Charter Hall Group.