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Harry Seidler’s last commercial building, the Alliance Francaise Centre, offers 8 strata office floors for sale

SYDNEY, 6 JULY 2010 – The recently completed Alliance Francaise Centre at 257 Clarence Street, Sydney, has eight individual strata office floors for sale. Designed by internationally renowned architect, Harry Seidler, the property was his last commercial building and the first purpose-built strata office building in Sydney for 20 years.
The strata office floors are being sold on behalf of the building owner, Lucas Group.  Alliance Francaise occupies the ground and first two floors.  Level nine has already been sold to a solicitor for $1.75m, with another two floors in various stages of negotiations. Floor sizes range from between 271 and 285 sqm each.
The 12-storey building reflects the synergy between French culture and contemporary Sydney and Siedler reportedly sketched the design overnight after visiting the Clarence Street site with Alliance Francaise.
Ian Triganza from Jones Lang LaSalle and David Stanford from Stanford Property are managing the sale.
Mr Triganza said, “This iconic building, with its louvered facade and dramatic three-level spiral staircase is ideally suited to professional firms, accountants, solicitors and architects, as well as not-for-profits, boutique agencies and financial firms looking to make a statement in a central location.”
Mr Stanford said, “The Alliance Francaise building is the first ‘new from the ground up’ strata building in the Sydney CBD in over a decade. 
“There is a major prestige aspect to the property because owners can buy an entire floor for their business and it is the creation of Harry Seidler, who designed the Australian Embassy in Paris, amongst many other internationally award winning designs.  His commercial buildings, such as Australia Square, are ageless,” Mr Stanford said.
Mr Triganza said, “There are no new purpose built strata spaces available in the CBD, which makes this iconic development all the more rare and desirable.
“The buildling has an Australian Building Greenhouse Rating of 4.5, which is a plus for those firms who want to upgrade their current space to accommodation which has a higher rating,” he said.
The ground floor French cafe is run by Justin North, the ‘two-hat’ award-winning chef of renowned Becasse restaurant, situated opposite the Alliance Francaise Centre.