50 Martin Place

This project is a renovation and replaced Commonwealth Bank

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Height: Occupied
46 m / 151 ft
Height: Architectural
56 m / 184 ft
50 Martin Place Outline
Floors Above Ground


Official Name 50 Martin Place
Name of Complex Martin Place Metro Towers
Other Names Macquarie Bank HQ
Structure Type Building
Status Completed
Country Australia
City Sydney
Street Address & Map 50 Martin Place
Building Function office
Structural Material concrete
Energy Label 6 Star Green Star
Completion 2014

Companies Involved

Owner/Developer Macquarie Group
Design Johnson Pilton Walker
Structural Engineer
Design Taylor Thomson Whitting
MEP Engineer
Design Arup
Project Manager Savills
Main Contractor Multiplex
Other Consultant
Façade Surface Design Pty Ltd
• Fire Arup
• Interiors BVN Donovan Hill
• Planning JBA Urban Planning Consultants Pty Ltd
• Preservation Tanner Kibble Denton Architects
• Security NDY Group
• Sustainability Arup

About 50 Martin Place

Originally constructed as the State Savings Bank, one of Australia’s few Beaux Arts styled multi-story structures; 50 Martin Place was fully renovated into a new state of the art office building. While preserving the grandeur of the original banking chamber, the interior atrium was widened and the roof was transformed into glass dome housing a two story vertical expansion. The full renovation of the building systems also included the installation of new circular glass elevators traveling through the building without a standard enclosed shaft, but rather an open-air hoistway which unobtrusively pierces through the ornate ceiling of the original banking hall, made possible in part by ensuring the counter weight stops at the floor just above it.

By widening the original atrium, natural light pours into the work spaces within the building’s interior, through a web of columns and beams created by reducing the area of the floor plates while keeping in place the rectilinear framework of the original reinforced concrete structure. Within this framework, a series of staircases was inserted, linking floors through the central atrium. The atrium works in conjunction with the air conditioning system, drawing air from every floor and out through the glass shingled dome on the roof. Upon completion, 50 Martin Place was the largest refurbished heritage building to be awarded the 6 Star Green Star Rating from the Green Building Council of Australia.

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