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Central to the success of the MLC Tower is the MLC Centre. It is designed as a podium of plazas on various levels which open out onto the surrounding streets and contain shopping arcades and a large plaza with outdoor restaurants at its centre. The interior is opened up to daylight by a circular open well covered with a huge freestanding glass umbrella.
The MLC centre was constructed to include the 1,100 seat theatre royal, a tiered restaurant opposite the tower lobby, new quarters for the commercial travellers club, two levels of shopping arcades and parking for 350 cars. At street level, the outward facing boundary shops effortlessly integrate with the adjoining shopping along King and Castlereagh streets.
The MLC Centre was way ahead of its time in its design, being the landmark building in the Sydney CBD where the architect was able to foresee the need for, and provide, large expanses of open space in the heart of the city. It conceptualises the notion of a city within a city and offers an extensive range of facilities and services to those who work in the centre or nearby.