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Hate working in a glass box? Here are six eye-catching commercial buildings

September 29, 2017

This building at Melbourne's Docklands, which is leased as an ice-cream shop, is on the market. Photo: Supplied

With so many buildings listed for sale every day, it takes something really special to stand out from the pack nowadays.

Whether it’s a vibrant mural, unique structure or downright strange facade, a building that catches the eye could help it eventually find a buyer.

These are seven of the most eye-catching buildings up for sale in Australia at the moment, from the beautiful to the strange.

The ice cream shop – Docklands, Victoria

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If anyone mentions the bizarre looking shop at Docklands, they’re probably talking about this one.

Sitting on the Victoria Harbour waterfront, this uniquely shaped building definitely stands out among the docked boats.

The cone-shaped building is fittingly home to Limonetto, a renowned ice cream shop with a new five-year lease.

Federation-era shop and office – Kalgoorlie, Western Australia

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Looking like something out of an old Hollywood western, this building is currently occupied by a fashion label.

Despite its rustic charm on the outside, the building has been modernised inside, with the ground floor serving as a retail space and the first level as an office, along with a large balcony overlooking the bustling main street below.

It’s currently returning $67,800 in rent a year.

The T2 building – Surry Hills, NSW

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Formerly know as the T2 building, the space in Surry Hills once served as a well-known nightclub. The council purchased it in 2009 with an aim to repurpose it into a bicycle hub.

The Council commissioned Indigenous artist Reko Rennie to decorate its exterior, transforming it into the recognisable icon that it is. The artwork, “Always was, always will be”, conveys what it “means to be an urban Aborigine in contemporary Australian culture” and is made up of geometric diamonds.

The freestanding building on the 350 square metre landholding is now up for sale.

Studio Light – Collingwood, Victoria

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The floor-to-ceiling windows are possibly the best thing about this futuristic office space, capturing stunning views of the neighbouring CBD.

The contemporary building was designed by acclaimed architecture firm Hassell and features a cafe downstairs and private outdoor terraces upstairs.

The Mills – Launceston, Tasmania

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Sitting on a near-1.4 hectare block, the striking triangular structure will catch your eye as soon as you make it through the surrounding trees.

The building was purpose-built in 1974 for the Tasmanian Board Mills and features an array of local wood throughout, including huon pine and blackwood. The building also comes with a caretakers residence on site.

The Waltons Building – Fortitude Valley, Queensland

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The iconic Waltons Building was once at the centre of high-end shopping in Brisbane. But the building has fallen into disrepair over the past few decades.

Now for the first time in 33 years it’s on the market, offering the “last significant catalyst redevelopment site” in Fortitude Valley, the agents say.

The department store Waltons Limited moved into the building in the 1950s, and its location is now alongside the $500 million Valley Metro redevelopment.

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