Restoring An Icon Spotlight
MARTIN PLACE SYDNEY | The original head office for Commonwealth Bank – constructed back in 1913 – was one of the first steel framed skyscrapers in the country. The steel frame supported the building’s weight – enabling it to be built in a modern vertical block form. Yet it also shares the beautiful sandstone exterior and façade style of other iconic heritage sites throughout Sydney.
Representing a meeting of modern building techniques but traditional architectural style and materials, the building is often affectionately referred to as the “Money Box”. It has always been a link between Sydney’s past and present.
Boasting decorative elements built in Grecian Doric style, but using materials sourced almost entirely from within Australia, this heritage monument has been an important part of Sydney’s identity since the first World War.
Building Guild is fortunate to be a new addition to the old bank’s history, having recently completed a restoration project in this classical heritage site.
Read more about the project here: https://buildingguild.com/projects/5-martin-place/