The thirteen storey Alliance Française Centre building on Clarence Street, Sydney is Seidler’s last commercial building and displays many of his signature motifs, from the curved forms of the glass façade to the circular granite stairway at the entrance. The stairway links three floors and creates a natural flow between the café, classrooms and media centre. The street level entrance brings you into a two storey void which houses the Parisian style café and the Reception Centre. The flowing façade is interrupted briefly by indentations created by balconies on a number of floors which add to the visual texture of the building. Vertical external louvers minimise the effect of morning sun.
The centre features fifteen classrooms which are equipped with the latest technology for language teaching. The thirteenth floor provides open space with a balcony and views of Sydney, offering an ideal setting for conferences, exhibitions and receptions. The lower ground floor has been designed as a flexible multi-purpose space that can be easily reconfigured and divided into smaller classes or opened up as a public space for recitals and lectures. The granite open tread circular staircase links this floor to the street level café as well as the media centre on level 1.