Australia’s best buildings of 2016 will make you want to move in

University of Queensland’s Global Change Institute, winner in the Best Sustainable Development – New Buildings category.

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If you’re sick of your crusty old office, here are some of Australia’s best new buildings so you can start daydreaming.

On Friday, theProperty Council’s 2016 Innovation and Excellence Awardshonoured sensational developments across the country. From shopping malls to hotels, the best of Australian architecture was on display.

Taking out the top prize of Australian Development of the Year was the revamp of Sydney’s 50 Martin Place. It’s a heritage building in a Beaux-Arts architectural style, originallycompleted in 1928 as the home of the Commonwealth Bank.

50 Martin Place, Australian Development of the Year.

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Renovated in 2014, it now serves as the global headquarters for Macquarie Bank, which acquired the building in 2012.

It’s not the building’s first award, winningthe Harry Seidler Award for Commercial Architecturefrom theAustralian Institute of Architectsin November. Even its glass lifts wonElevator World Project of the Year.

“50 Martin Place is a landmark example of how retrofitting can transform tired old offices into highly-connected, high-performance workplaces without compromising character, charm or contemporary standards of sustainability,” Ken Morrison, Property Council of Australia’s Chief Executive, said in a statement.

50 Martin Place also took out the awards in the categories ofBest Office Development and Best Sustainable Development Existing Buildings. Tell your bosses to pay a visit.

The building joins previous Australian Development of the Year winners, Sydney’sOne Shelley Streetand8 Chifley, Melbourne’sANZ CentreandFairfax Media House, and Perth’sBrookfield Place.

Othercategoryaward winners this year include a range of buildings, such as a shopping centre, universitiesand affordable housing developments. You’d be wishing you could move in.

Best Public Building: Dr Chau Chak Wing Building, University of Technology, Sydney

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Best Tourism and Leisure Development: Ibis Hotel Adelaide

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Best Shopping Centre Development: Macquarie Centre, Sydney

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Best Sustainable Development – New Buildings: University of Queensland’s Global Change Institute

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Best Mixed Use Development: East Village, Sydney

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Best Affordable Housing Development: One on Aberdeen, Perth

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