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