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Orica House

Bates, Smart & McCutcheon 1958


Completed in 1958, Orica House, or ICI House as it was originally known, is considered Australia's first skyscraper. The building was the first to break Melbourne’s height restrictions, setting a precedent within the city. The freestanding, fully-glazed curtain wall skyscraper, with its clearly demarcated lifts and services, is considered Bates, Smart & McCutcheon’s most refined building of the post-war era.

What's On

Join us for an expert guided tour of Australia’s first skyscraper, Orica House. Staff from resident architectural studio Bates Smart will provide a detailed account of the modernist design principles and features that contribute to the significance of this Melbourne icon.

At the end of the tour, guests will be taken up to Hub Australia on the building’s top level to watch a short video on the making of Orica House while enjoying one of the best views of the city.

Images: (1-4) Orica House. Photos: Tom Roe. (5-9) Orica House. Photos: Anson Smart.

Important Details

Time & Date

Saturday 29 + Sunday 30 July
Tours running every half hour starting at 11am. Last tour departs at 3pm
Running for 40 minutes in groups of 20
No bookings required. Tour capacity is limited and operates on a first come, first in basis

Meet at the garden courtyard, located off Nicholson Street.


Fully wheelchair accessible, Accessible bathroom


All Ages


1 Nicholson Street, East Melbourne 3002

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