Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
2012 Best Tall Building Asia & Australasia

“The dramatic, naturally-ventilated central atrium connects the office workers with nature at the inner depths of the plan, giving a sense of openness for the entire building. The series of communal spaces throughout the building, and especially the fantastic rooftop garden, add greatly to the quality of life for the tenants.”
Werner Sobek, Awards Juror
                                                                                                                                                      Werner Sobek Group

Guangzhou International Finance Center  

1 Bligh Street, Sydney, Australia
Completion Date: July, 2011
Height: 135 meters
Stories: 28
Use: Office
Owner: DEXUS Property Group; Cbus Property
Design Architect: ingenhoven architects; Architectus
Structural Engineer: Enstruct Group
MEP Engineer: Arup Sydney
Project Manager: APP Corporation


A difficult site in Sydney’s central business district was transformed by 1 Bligh Street’s elliptical tower, which offers tenants several ground-breaking technological advances. The centerpiece is Australia’s tallest naturally ventilated skylit atrium, trimmed in glass and aluminum, which soars the full height of the building. Other innovations include a double-skin, naturally-ventilated glass façade and a hybrid system using gas and solar energy to generate cooling, heating and electricity for the building.