ICI House (now Orica House) is a 20-storey office building in East Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. It was the tallest building in Australia upon completion in 1958, and the first to break Melbourne's long standing height limit. It was one of the earliest fully glazed commercial skyscrapers in Australia. The move from low to high-rise office buildings changed the profile, shape and landscape of Australia's major urban centres forever. It symbolised progress, modernity, efficiency and corporate power in postwar Melbourne and was being constructed at the time of the 1956 Melbourne Olympics when the city was being showcased on the world stage.
ICI House was at the forefront of the high-rise boom in Australia's cities in the second half of the Twentieth Century. The building's design, by Sir Osborne McCutcheon (of Bates Smart McCutcheon) followed the international trend for multi-storey buildings which was being pioneered in the United States with the United Nations headquarters. Detail and...Wikipedia (
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