Macquarie Bank

50 Martin Place, Sydney
Andrew Cowan 

In the heart of Sydney's bustling Martin Place, a historic transformation was underway when Macquarie Bank acquired the former Commonwealth Bank of Australia Heritage building. This architectural marvel, dating back to a bygone era, was destined for a new life, and Macquarie Bank had a vision of harmonising heritage with cutting-edge innovation. To bring this vision to life, they collaborated with BVN, renowned for their architectural brilliance.

The building's refurbishment was not merely a restoration; it was a testament to the bank's commitment to embracing the latest engineering and technological advancements. At the heart of this endeavor stood a stunning architectural feat—the installation of a magnificent glass dome atop the building. This remarkable addition would house the main boardroom, an iconic symbol of the bank's forward-thinking approach.

As the grand refurbishment unfolded, the need arose for bespoke furniture that could seamlessly integrate with the boardroom's extensive technological requirements. Koskela, with its reputation for melding form and function, was chosen for this prestigious project.

The task at hand was to craft a custom-designed boardroom table and executive committee (ExCo) meeting room tables that would not only meet the bank's tech-savvy needs but also resonate with its values and aesthetic preferences.

The result was an exquisite fusion of tradition and technology, where the timeless elegance of the furniture designs coalesced seamlessly with integrated lighting and data capabilities. These pieces bore the hallmark of Koskela's craftsmanship while embodying the bank's distinctive ethos.

The transformation of 50 Martin Place stands as a testament to how architectural heritage and cutting-edge technology can not only coexist but thrive in harmony. Macquarie Bank, in collaboration with BVN and Koskela, has breathed new life into this historic edifice, bridging the past and the future, tradition and innovation. This architectural gem is not only a physical space but a symbol of a vision realised—a beacon at the intersection of heritage and progress.