Martin Place Metro OSD South

A curved and pleated facade of glass, ceramic and bronze aluminium



39 Martin Place


Commercial office


30 storeys (129.79m high)

Estimated cost:

$1.35B (Metro Station, North and South OSD)

Completion date:




Macquarie Group

Main contractor:

Lendlease Building


Tzannes and Lendlease

Facade installation contractor:

Highlight Aluminium

Facade Manufacturer

Shenyang Yuanda Aluminium Engineering

Facade consultant:

Surface Design

Facade specs & stats


Custom-developed unitised curtain wall systems with integrated flush glazing, ceramic tiles and ceramic clad features

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6-star Green Star, 5.5-star NABERS, net zero by 2024

Visually consistent flat, concave curved and convex curved glass panes


Ceramic tiles of varying dies and forms

The curved and pleated facade concept required flat, concave and convex glass. These all needed different processing and low-E coatings to appear visually consistent from both inside and outside the building. We carefully selected the varying glass configurations to meet solar, thermal and acoustic criteria along with the visual intent.

  • Completing a bespoke ceramic tile design and selection process
  • Designing a system for the podium’s convex and concave geometry
  • Achieving stringent glass performance requirements and visual intent

Selecting the ceramic tiles took more than two years, involving colour, texture and glaze options. The intent was for the tile system to complement the neighbouring 50 Martin Place. In the end, we developed 57 die profiles to achieve the flat and curved forms of the facade.

Achieving visual intent with twisted angled sun shading

We used a combination of unitised curtain wall and handset ceramic tile cladding to achieve the articulated features of the building. The predominantly glazed tower facade is set back from the podium envelope. It features sun-shade louvres that project where required on the North and twist to sit flush with the facade when not needed.

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