When thinking of investment firms, I am positive that cutting edge architecture does not jump to mind. But maybe it will now, with the face-lift Macquarie Investment Bank was given.

Located in Sydney, the environmentally friendly refurbishment was led by Fitzpatrick & Patners, with an emphasis on transparency, and wanting to cultivate an environment that embraced a "celebration for collaboration." Check out photos of the Macquarie Investment Bank in the gallery above.

Implications - Architects are incorporating more open-space concepts into their building designs because consumers want their structures to be connected with the outside world. This reflects consumer desire to be closer to nature. Corporations in other industries trying to entice consumers into buying their wares may consider the use of nature-inspired motifs.