MLC Centre Sydney
|Location||19-29 Martin Place, Sydney|
GPT Group (50%)
|Roof||228 m (748 ft)|
|Design and construction|
|Main contractor||Civil & Civic|
The MLC Centre is a skyscraper in the Sydney city centre. This office building is 228 metres (748 ft) high and has 67 storeys. 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.
Location and features
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. The MLC Centre is jointly owned by Dexus and the GPT Group. Dexus puurchased its share from the Queensland Investment Corporation in June 2017. 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.
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.
View from Sydney Tower
Martin Place in the early 1950s. The building on the corner to the left is the Commercial Travellers Club Building and the 'modern' (c1930) twin-wings of the Australia Hotel next to it were demolished in 1971-2 to make way for the MLC Centre.
| Tallest building in Australia
1977 - 1986
|List of tallest buildings in Australia|
|Heights are to highest architectural element.|