MLC Centre

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MLC Centre
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MLC Centre Sydney
General information
Status Complete
Type Mixed
Location 19-29 Martin Place, Sydney
Coordinates 33°52′05″S 151°12′34″E / 33.868019°S 151.20932400000004°E / -33.868019; 151.20932400000004Coordinates: 33°52′05″S 151°12′34″E / 33.868019°S 151.20932400000004°E / -33.868019; 151.20932400000004
Opening 1977[1]
Owner Dexus (50%)
GPT Group (50%)
Roof 228 m (748 ft)
Technical details
Floor count 67[2]
Lifts/elevators 26[3]
Design and construction
Architect Harry Seidler
Developer MLC Limited
Main contractor Civil & Civic
Podium of MLC Centre
Public Arts of MLC Centre

The MLC Centre is a skyscraper in the Sydney city centre. This office building is 228 metres (748 ft) high[1] and has 67 storeys.[2] It was designed by Sydney architect Harry Seidler, and remains one of his most definitive works. The building was awarded the Sir John Sulman medal by the Royal Australian Institute of Architects.[1]

Location and features[edit]

The building is a stark white, modernist column in an octagonal floorplan, with eight massive load-bearing columns in the corners that taper slightly towards the top. It is one of the world's tallest reinforced concrete buildings and was one of the tallest building in the world outside North America at the time of its completion. The MLC Centre was Sydney's tallest office building from 1977 to 1992.[1] The MLC Centre is jointly owned by Dexus and the GPT Group. Dexus puurchased its share from the Queensland Investment Corporation in June 2017.[4] The MLC Centre was also Australia's tallest building for nine years until losing the title to the Rialto Towers in Melbourne in 1986.

Occupants include the Sydney Consulate of the United States of America. The podium of the building includes a shopping centre with several exclusive fashion labels and a 1,186 seat theatre, the Theatre Royal.

The building underwent a $100m repair project which installed hybrid corrosion protection to the facade. The project retained the original appearance of the structure but remedied damage to exposed aggregate precast concrete facade panels caused by expansive corrosion of steel reinforcement.

Site controversy[edit]

The building's construction was controversial, since it brought about the demolition in 1971-2 of the famous 19th century Australia Hotel, the Theatre Royal, and the splendid Commercial Travellers Club building on the corner of Martin Place, all of which formerly stood on the site, as well as much of the historic Rowe Street precinct.


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Preceded by
AMP Centre
Tallest building in Australia
1977 - 1986
Succeeded by
Rialto Towers
List of tallest buildings in Australia
Next shorter
Governor Phillip Tower
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World Tower
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