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MLC Centre
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MLC Centre Sydney
General information
Status Complete
Type Commercial
Location 19-29 Martin Place, Sydney
Coordinates 33°52′05″S 151°12′34″E / 33.868019°S 151.20932400000004°E / -33.868019; 151.20932400000004
Construction started 1972
Opening 1977
Owner Dexus
Roof 228 m (748 ft)
Technical details
Floor count 67
Lifts/elevators 26
Design and construction
Architect Harry Seidler
Developer MLC Limited
Main contractor Civil & Civic

The MLC Centre is a skyscraper in Sydney, Australia. Designed by architect Harry Seidler, it stands at a height of 228 metres (748 ft) with 67 storeys, 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 buildings 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 wholly owned by Dexus, which acquired a half-stake in the property from the Queensland Investment Corporation in June 2017 and bought out its former co-owner, the GPT Group, in March 2019. 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 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.


See also

Kids robot.svg In Spanish: MLC Centre para niños

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