Macquarie Group 1 Shelley Street

One Shelly Street

The One Shelley Street Macquarie Group project consisted of 27,000m², ten floor fit-out accommodating 3,000 employees and centres around a 10-story atrium that showcases transparent cantilevered meeting pods – the ‘meeting tree’ – removing the typical barriers and secrecy surrounding a financial institution. Movement is encouraged through the building via an industrial arterial staircase linking the central street and the central ‘meeting tree’ – all proudly visible from the building floor.

The client utilises ‘Activity-Based-Working’ (ABW) as developed by Dutch architects, Veldhoen and Co. This type of working allows occupants to utilise appropriate work settings for the tasks they are performing and promotes collaboration.

The work neighborhoods, five to each floor are structured around small communities of one hundred employees: all linking to the central atrium. Each floor is differentiated by plazas modeled after collaboration typologies — the Dining Room, Garden, Tree House, Playroom, and Coffee House, where cross-pollination among business groups is encouraged through spontaneous encounters. The project had a fixed deadline as there was no flexibility on the client’s scheduled move in date, and even though the scope of works was increased during the programme, Buildcorp Interiors successfully met the client’s needs. The design wasn’t compromised by the increase in scope and conforms to their Five Star Green Star aspirations.


Macquarie Group


Woods Bagot

Contract sum



14 weeks


January 2011