Cloudy with a chance of rain

” A chair is a very difficult object. A skyscraper is almost easier…”

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

At the western side of Victoria Square resides an import Australian landmark. The 1957 MLC Building, also known as Beacon House, is heritage listed and has an international reputation. The construction, using a lightweight steel unencased framework and non weight bearing glass curtain walls, was a first for Adelaide. Indeed it was probably the first true Modernist building in Australia. It also led the way with ducted AC and open plan office space. The height of just over 130 feet, was limited by contemporary fire fighting capabilities. When it opened it had a beacon with red and white lights positioned the roof. In an era before internet and portable radios, the BOM remotely controlled the lights to signal the weather forecast to Adelaidians. #flashingredrain #letsmakelemonade

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