A living landmark
An icon of the Sydney skyline for over 40 years, 25 Martin Place (previously the MLC Centre) is transforming to the meet the needs of a 21st century Sydney.
The heart of the city
An icon of the Sydney skyline, 25 Martin Place (previously the MLC Centre) has been an Australian living landmark for over 40 years. The new name, 25 Martin Place, celebrates the location in the heart of the world’s greatest harbour city. When visionary architect Harry Seidler gifted Sydney the building in 1978, it was unlike anything Australia had seen before. The tallest skyscraper in the Southern Hemisphere was unique, an outstanding white beacon of concrete, granite and glass that propelled the Sydney skyline into the future.
Today, 25 Martin Place is the centrepiece of Sydney, where visitors embrace fashion, dining, business and culture. From new luxury and premium brands on Castlereagh and King Streets, to a collection of refined restaurants and bars bringing the outdoor plaza to life.
25 Martin Place is also home to Australia’s oldest theatre institution, the Theatre Royal. The theatre is being revitalised and is set to open from late 2021.
Internationally renowned architect Woods Bagot, in consultation with Harry Seidler and Associates have worked together to future-proof the heritage listed 25 Martin Place and celebrate its new identity as the heart and soul of the Sydney CBD. The 2019 - 2022 redevelopment preserves the building’s integrity and legacy for future generations.
Harry Seidler’s original designs were inspired by what was happening globally in the 1970’s. The building was inspired by classic Bauhaus foundations, where form follows function, and celebrated a deep love of geometry intersecting with modern purpose. 25 Martin Place builds on Seidler’s design principles and plays on the existing geometric forms to deliver revitalised public spaces in the heart of the city.
Harry Seidler’s vision was to create a vibrant city within a city. From the outdoor plaza to the sculpture courtyard, terraces and laneways, the precinct’s integrated spaces create a generous public space for visitors to socialise and connect.
Photo below of Harry Seidler: 1973 by Max Dupain, Copyright Penelope Seidler from Harry Seidler and Associates