Tanner Kibble Denton Architects

48-50 Martin Place

Client: Macquarie Bank

The Macquarie Group purchased the Government Savings Bank of NSW building at 50 Martin Place for re-use as its global headquarters in 2012. This 1928 ten-storey building was occupied by the Commonwealth Bank for eighty years and remains one of the nation’s most significant commercial buildings. The Macquarie Group’s comprehensive refurbishment and adaption for offices was directed by a TKD Architects Conservation Management Plan. TKD Architects also guided the upgrade of the building’s significant interiors facilitating new work designed by JPW Architects. Intrusive work from the 1980s was removed, the spatial qualities of the office interiors regained and historic features re-emerged.

Photography: Peter Bennetts

Awards

Master Builders Association, Restoration of a Historic Building
National Trust Best Adaptive Re-use of a Heritage Building
AIA NSW Commendation Award for Sustainable Architecture
IES Award for Excellence – Lighting
AIA NSW Colourbond Award for Steel Architecture
AIA NSW Sir Arthur Stephenson Award for Commercial Architecture
AIA Harry Seidler National Award for Commercial Architecture
Property Council of Australia JLL Award for Sustainable Development Existing Buildings
Property Council of Australia SAS International Award for Best Development
Property Council of Australia RLB Australian Development of the Year
Urban Design Institute of Australia Awards for Excellence, Best Adaptive Reuse
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