Magnificent Makeover

One Martin Place Sydney, Australia

One Martin Place

Sydney, Australia


The $700 million redevelopment of the historic General Post Office creates a new benchmark for mixed-use urban developments and a new civic precinct in the heart of Sydney.

Buchan’s design integrates the landmark historic GPO classical renaissance style architecture with contemporary elegance. We added a 26-level A-grade office tower, 31-level Westin Sydney Hotel tower and 2,700sqm of retail space. The three elements link by a glazed grand courtyard with a 30 metre-high glass roof that provides natural light and a wonderful link between the old and the new.

A restaurant court is located on the lower ground level of the grand courtyard. Below the courtyard is a 1,000-person ballroom offering a charming event space that indulges guests in the stylish grandeur of a bygone era.

The award-winning design preserves the elegant street-level colonnade, impressive sandstone façade and the famous clock tower. The light-filled interiors worthy of its location at the best address in Australia.

The original building on the site has immense architectural significance within the Martin Place street-scape – everyone still calls One Martin Place the GPO!


  • Client /The Grollo Group
  • Discipline /AR. ID
  • Sector /Commercial
  • Region /Australia
  • Team / Harvey Male, David Forbes
  • Awards / Property Council of Australia Rider Hunt Award 2001