Exterior of buiiding.

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

1 Shelley Street

Sunday 3 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 Australian Property Institute Excellence in Property Awards - Estate Master Property Development Award, Commercial, NSW

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Looking out at the atrium of 1 Shelley Street.
  • View looking up at atrium of 1 Shelley Street.
  • Facade of 1 Shelley Street.

On Sunday 3 November

What’s open?

Level 1, ‘the street'.

Talks, tours & more

to know

  • Photography restricted
    No photography permitted of the artworks on display.

  • Lines expected

  • Toilets available

  • Food & drink available

  • Pram friendly

  • Accessible

Opening hours


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.