The MLC Centre in Sydney has collaborated with Esem Projects to launch Modern Love, a curated collection that pays tribute to the definitive works of architect Harry Seidler.

Currently on display at the city’s landmark until 26th October, Modern Love celebrates Harry Seidler’s legacy through a series of historic design concepts. The curated selection of stories, images, films and designs celebrates Harry Seidler’s legacy including the boldness of the MLC Centre’s design and engineering.

The design initiative has been perfectly timed to coincide with the centre’s redevelopment program across retail, office and façade.

Modern Love – Program of Activity

Castlereagh Street Concept

Abstract projections and vinyl prints celebrating the pedestrian life of Sydney that Seidler aimed to support; Animated motifs of shapes and photography including Seidler’s collaborations with Josef Albers; Scenes drawn from film footage accessed and licensed from the National Film and Sound Archive and the ABC and from images supplied by the MLC Centre.

Rowe Street Concept

A bar scene outside the Lincoln Hotel, where the Vienna cafe is now located: The Lincoln Cafe operated in the ’50s and ’60s just a few metres from where the print has been installed. Coloured neon lights will provide illumination at night.

Lee's Court Concept

Created with images from Max Dupain's photography, and images sourced from the SLNSW depicting people who spent time in the precinct, a long collage of imagery adorns Lee’s Court.

King Street Concept

A 7-10 minute video loop of layered scenes of MLC Centre in construction and after first completion; Animated coloured shapes and graphic motifs that inspired Seidler's original designs; Scenes drawn from documentary footage accessed and licensed from the ABC, and images from Max Dupain's photography accessed from the Seidler Foundation collection.