1 Bligh Street

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1 Bligh Street
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General information
TypeCommercial Office building
LocationSydney, New South Wales, Australia
Coordinates33°51′54″S 151°12′38″E / 33.86500°S 151.21056°E / -33.86500; 151.21056Coordinates: 33°51′54″S 151°12′38″E / 33.86500°S 151.21056°E / -33.86500; 151.21056
CompletedMay 2011
OpeningAugust 2011
CostA$270 million
OwnerCbus Property, Dexus Property and the Dexus Wholesale Fund
Roof139 m (456 ft)
Technical details
Floor count30
Floor area42,700 m2 (460,000 sq ft)
Design and construction
ArchitectArchitectus in collaboration with Ingenhoven Architects
DeveloperCbus Property, Dexus Property and the Dexus Wholesale Fund
Structural engineerEnstruct group
Other designersCundall (ESD Consultant), Arup
Main contractorGrocon
Awards and prizesInternational Highrise Award
Cbus Property

1 Bligh Street is a skyscraper in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

The modern style office building is located in the Sydney central business district overlooking Circular Quay, the Sydney Harbour and the Sydney Harbour Bridge.


The atrium
James Angus sculpture

The premium grade office tower was designed by Ingenhoven Architects of Germany and Architectus of Australia.

It is an ecologically sustainable development and was awarded six-star green status by the Green Building Council of Australia. Green features include a basement sewage plant that recycles 90 percent of the building waste water, solar panels on the roof and air conditioning by chilled beams.[1] It is Australia’s first major high-rise building with a full double-skin façade with external louvres. These conserve energy, eliminate sky glare and optimise user comfort. The angle of the louvre blades is automatically adjusted according to their orientation to the sun. A naturally ventilated, full height atrium, on the southern side of the building, maximises natural light to each office level.

The building also houses a childcare centre, two cafés and a basement car park for 96 cars.

The large-scale aluminium sculpture at the top of the curving steps at the entrance on the corner of Bligh and O'Connell streets is by New York-based Australian James Angus. The developers describe it as "a complex network of three-dimensional ellipsoidal surfaces drawn from shapes expressed in the design of the building", adding that its brightly painted colour scheme traces the underlying geometry of the sculpture.

The building was named the Best Tall Building Award in Asia & Australasia for 2012[2] in the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat's Skyscraper Awards and also won the International Highrise Award 2012.[3][4][5]

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  1. ^ Galvin, Nick (24 September 2011). "Office workers reap healthy spin-offs from efficient building design". The Sydney Morning Herald.
  2. ^ "2012 Best Tall Building Asia & Australasia". ctbuh.org. Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. Retrieved 24 June 2012.
  3. ^ "Office highrise »1 Bligh Street« in Sydney wins the International Highrise Award 2012". International Highrise Award. Archived from the original on 29 November 2014. Retrieved 21 November 2014.
  4. ^ Vivian, Philip (1 March 2012). "1 Bligh Street". Australian Design Review. Retrieved 21 August 2016.
  5. ^ "1 Bligh Street". Architecture Design. 1 July 2013. Retrieved 21 August 2016.
  6. ^ "Clayton Utz and the Environment". Clayton Utz. Retrieved 26 March 2012.
  7. ^ http://www.propertyobserver.com.au/office/another-tenant-for-sydneys-1-bligh-street-but-dexus-needed-to-grease-the-wheels/2012032053934
  8. ^ a b "Another tenant for Sydney's 1 Bligh Street". Jonathan Chancellor. Property Observer. 21 March 2012. Retrieved 26 March 2012.
  9. ^ "DEXUS lease bonanza at 56 Pitt Street and 1 Bligh Street". Financial Review. 16 May 2016. Retrieved 23 June 2016.

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