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U/C: Australia 108 | 319m | 100lvls | Melbourne

#1 Post by Ben » Mon Nov 12, 2012 3:17 pm

What an Ugly Ugly building. Love the height however and anyone else think it's 10"8" levels in there to appeal to the Chinese.
Australia 108 has a few hurdles to overcome before it's the southern hemisphere's highest
By Jonathan Chancellor
Monday, 12 November 2012

The southern hemisphere's mooted tallest hotel/apartment building – with its mooted mammoth 388-metre skyscraper – is actually a development site that's up for sale.
Its a tad premature to suggest the touted 108-storey development will radically alter the city skyline.

The 2,642-square-metre site has been for sale since July through CBRE agents Mark Wizel and Josh Rutman.

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The site is set on the corner of City Road and Southbank Boulevard, and the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) gave approval for a 72-storey, 226-metre, 532-unit skyscraper in September 2010 after a battle with Melbourne City Council.

Designs for the huge Australia 108 are being reportedly finalised and, if approved, will feature 600 apartments, the nation's highest hotel and restaurants seemingly floating 84 stories above the city.

The 108-storey tower, which will be the 18th-tallest building in the world, is planned to rise near the 297-metre Eureka Tower, with 91 storeys.

Architects Fender Katsalidis, who also built Eureka, gained planning approval for a 228 metre apartment building on the 70 Southbank Boulevard site in 2010, despite objections from Melbourne City Council that it was "excessive in both height and bulk".

But architect Nonda Katsalidis has super-sized his plans, by adding a 288-room hotel and sky deck on top, saying the economy has strengthened and Melbourne is more confident and ready for an iconic centrepiece.

"Buildings like this change cities, they make the city more dynamic, more interesting, more exciting," he told the News Ltd papers today.

The skyscrapercity.com website shows both visions for the development site.

One of Australia 108's most striking features will be a two-storey sky lobby, which is set to house two restaurants and two bars, extending nine metres out of the building, 84-storeys above Melbourne.

The hotel check-in and swimming pool will also appear to hang over the city, with sections of glass floor enabling visitors to see all the way to the ground in a much larger version of Eureka's Sky Deck.

Although the skyscraper is intended to dominate Melbourne's skyline, Katsalidis says it would form a pair with Eureka.

The site was listed with a $25 million price tag via an international public expressions of interest campaign closing in August.

In July Property Observer reported the site was listed by Katsalidis and property developer Adrian Valmorbida from the Valmorbida family, who had decided to go in different directions.

The site is the former head office of international explosives and fertilising giant Incitec Pivot and is currently in use as office accommodation.

Although in its preliminary design stage, and will be subjected to a fresh planning application process, Victorian Planning Minister Matthew Guy has already commented that such a project being proposed underlined the confidence in Melbourne.

"Australia is coming of age and our cities are growing upwards," Guy says.

"Taller buildings ... are a symbol of a growing nation, a strong economy, and they do have the ability to define a city," he told News Ltd.

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#2 Post by Nathan » Mon Nov 12, 2012 3:53 pm

I agree about it being ugly. That star shaped observation deck reminds me of that old capital city tower proposal here for what became David Jones.

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#3 Post by Matt » Mon Nov 12, 2012 5:41 pm

Awful.

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#4 Post by claybro » Mon Nov 12, 2012 5:51 pm

Would look ok except for that star shaped thing sticking out 2/3 up.

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#5 Post by metro » Mon Nov 12, 2012 9:06 pm

Actually, I think the design is pretty good, it suits the character of the Melbourne Skyline. But, it's only 388m, which for a supposedly 'iconic' tower is rather short. 388m doesnt even put it in the top 20 and in a few years it probably wont even be in the top 30 tallest buildings in the world. I guess it will be a few metres taller than the Empire state building, so that's something. :?

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#6 Post by Ben » Mon Nov 12, 2012 9:10 pm

metro wrote: 388m doesnt even put it in the top 20 and in a few years it probably wont even be in the top 30 tallest buildings in the world. I guess it will be a few metres taller than the Empire state building, so that's something. :?
The 108-storey tower, which will be the 18th-tallest building in the world, is planned to rise near the 297-metre Eureka Tower, with 91 storeys.

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#7 Post by metro » Mon Nov 12, 2012 9:35 pm

- 1 Burj Khalifa Dubai 828 m
- 2 Makkah Clock Royal Tower Makkah 601 m
- 3 Taipei 101 509 m
- 4 Shanghai World Financial Center 492 m
- 5 International Commerce Centre Hong Kong 484 m
- 6 Petronas Tower 1 Kuala Lumpur 452 m
- 7 Petronas Tower 2 Kuala Lumpur 452 m
- 8 Zifeng Tower Nanjing 450 m
- 9 Willis Tower Chicago 442 m
- 10 Kingkey 100 Shenzhen 442 m
- 11 Guangzhou International Finance Center 438 m
- 12 Jin Mao Tower 421 m
- 13 Two International Finance Centre Hong Kong 415 m
- 14 Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago 415 m
- 15 Princess Tower Dubai 414 m
- 16 Al Hamra Tower Kuwait City 412 m
- 17 23 Marina Dubai 395 m
- 18 CITIC Plaza Guangzhou 391 m
- 19 Shun Hing Square Shenzhen 384 m
- 20 The Domain Abu Dhabi 382 m
- 21 Empire State Building New York City 381 m
http://www.emporis.com/statistics/world ... -buildings

I'm sorry but that article is wrong. 388m would make it the 19th tallest if it existed right now, and by 2015-2020 or whenever it is built, it will be even lower on this list. :wink:

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#8 Post by Nathan » Mon Nov 12, 2012 11:22 pm

And that list from Emporis doesn't include towers (such as Tokyo Sky Tree), which would make it even lower on the list.

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Re: Australia's new tallest 108 lvls 388m

#9 Post by Ho Really » Tue Nov 13, 2012 9:46 am

IMHO adding a 288-room hotel atop is a big mistake. Besides iconic buildings don't have to be tall. As for the star shaped protuberance, its looks will lose appeal over time.

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#10 Post by Omicron » Thu Nov 15, 2012 9:14 pm

Well it's, um.........tall?

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Re: Australia's new tallest 108 lvls 388m

#11 Post by Vee » Fri Nov 16, 2012 10:42 am

Omicron wrote:Well it's, um.........tall?
Tall ....
But ugly as!
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#12 Post by contractor » Sun Mar 31, 2013 12:53 pm

Approved.. its growing on me.
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#13 Post by Howie » Tue Apr 09, 2013 7:25 pm

Same, can't wait to see it go up.

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#14 Post by Maximus » Wed Apr 10, 2013 10:24 am

May have a little way to go yet. It penetrates the PANS-OPS for Essendon Airport.
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#15 Post by [Shuz] » Wed Apr 10, 2013 4:20 pm

Maximus wrote:May have a little way to go yet. It penetrates the PANS-OPS for Essendon Airport.
Good. I hope that means they can lop off that awkward looking light beacon thing atop.
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