State Law Building

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State Law Building

The State Law Building, at 50 Ann Street, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, contains offices of the Attorney-General of Queensland and other government organisations.[1]


It was originally completed in 1977 as Comalco House and featured aluminium external cladding (as Comalco was an aluminium manufacturer). It was refurbished in 1993 when the aluminium cladding was removed.[2] Both the original building and the refurbishment was designed by local firm Conrad Gargett & Partners.[3][4]

Following its complete refurbishment in 1995, the State Law Building became an iconic feature of the city, widely referred to by locals and the media as "Gotham City", "Gotham Tower" or the "Batman Building", for its perceived resemblance to the architectural style of the fictional American city appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics.[5][6][7]


The State Law Building is close to the Queen Elizabeth II Courts of Law (which includes the Supreme Court of Queensland and the District Court of Queensland), as well as the Commonwealth Law Courts.

Photos of the State Law Building[edit]


  1. ^ "About Us". Queensland Department of Justice and Attorney-General. Retrieved 31 December 2015.
  2. ^ "Discover Brisbane Architecture" (PDF). State Library of Queensland. Retrieved 1 January 2016.
  3. ^ "Riddel, Conrad Gargett Architecture to merge". Australian Design Review. Retrieved 31 December 2015.
  4. ^ "Discover Brisbane Architecture" (PDF). State Library of Queensland. Retrieved 31 December 2015.
  5. ^ "'Gotham City' tower bids top $130m". The Australian Financial Review. Retrieved 31 December 2015.
  6. ^ "Brisbane is the new Gotham City - here are 10 reasons why". The Courier-Mail. Retrieved 31 December 2015.
  7. ^ "Brisbane's 'Gotham Tower' State Law Building up for sale". Retrieved 31 December 2015.