Location: Sydney
Date: 2014
Client: QIC, GPT and Seventh Wave
Status: Concept Design
Size: 6,500 smq retail
Credits: ACME Team (Ana Arebola Martinez, Brett Lambie, Friedrich Ludewig, Ying Teh, Katrina Varian, Chris Yoo)
The MLC centre was designed by architect Harry Seidler in 1969. It is one of the most iconic modernist buildings in Sydney with a prominent pre-cast concrete tower block and terrain of low level edifices around the podium of the tower.  It includes an important public plaza with retail units at ground level and a food court and arcade on lower ground floor level.
The challenging historic site in central Sydney required some urban rethinking to improve the retail spaces of the lower ground, ground and upper ground floors. The concept design focused on improving urban connections and reinstating lost laneways. 
The proposed massing introduces new volumes, which endevour to sit quietly beside the dominating brutalist forms of Seidler.  By studying the geometrical forms of the Seidler and Nervi structures within the existing MLC, our design aims to compliment and not detract from the brutalist modern architecture. The materiality of the new volumes is yet to be decided, however, it is thought that a demure palette of marble to offset the rougher concrete forms and glazing, would be an elegant and appropriate material choice.