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View Poll Results: 120 Collins Street
10 44 8.94%
9.5 30 6.10%
9 34 6.91%
8.5 33 6.71%
8 58 11.79%
7.5 47 9.55%
7 56 11.38%
6.5 32 6.50%
6 48 9.76%
5.5 17 3.46%
5 31 6.30%
4.5 14 2.85%
4 16 3.25%
3.5 3 0.61%
3 or less 29 5.89%
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Old October 21st, 2002, 12:52 PM   #1
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#082 l 120 Collins Street l MELBOURNE l 264m l 52fl

120 Collins Street
Melbourne, Australia


HEIGHT: 264m/866 feet
FLOORS: 52 floors
COMPLETION: 1991
ARCHITECT: Hassel Architects

Like the nearby 101 Collins, 120 Collins pays respect to almost every element of the 20s New York skyscraper vernacular, with set-backs and a central mast, combined in a stunningly modern building. The addition of aesthetically placed twin satellite dishes further alludes to the futuristic neo-gothic. 120 Collins also features exposed air conditioning vents and other structural details, a mixture of square and corbusian window motifs and the use of support floors as expressions to break the height into 3 distinct sections, creating an effect reminiscent of the neo-gothic Woolworth tower in sillhoute. The effect is further enhanced when the building is floodlit at night. The metallic surface of the tower alludes to the Art-Deco Chrysler in New York.

The podium base and its granite mass makes full attempts to be sympathetic to the sensitive urban environment of Collins Street, despite the sheer mass of the building.









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Old October 21st, 2002, 01:20 PM   #2
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i've been wondering why the dishes there serve no purpose at all and are used as a decoration

8/10... it really stands out in that end of skyline (as it's the tallest)


btw shouldn't this be in the top 100 section??
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Old October 21st, 2002, 02:10 PM   #3
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8.5/10
kinda like it!!
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Old October 21st, 2002, 09:19 PM   #4
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8/10

Lovely. It complements 101 Collins well.

invincible > The reason why this building is not in our top 100 section is because we are ranking buildings by spire heights
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Old October 21st, 2002, 09:21 PM   #5
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I like it. I really want to visit melbourne now. I've been to sydney and Perth, not Melbourne
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Old October 21st, 2002, 11:00 PM   #6
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Looks strangely dirty in the top pic but I like it.

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Old October 22nd, 2002, 04:12 AM   #7
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here's another pic looking down Collins Street with 120 in among all its peers:



RafflesCity: that's what I gathered re: why it's not in the top 100 (spire height and roof height) I don't think any Melburnian looks at the Melbourne big-bastards with spires, and their height to the pinacle, this is just another ~220m building to me, like Bourke Place too

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Old October 22nd, 2002, 02:03 PM   #8
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8.5 Because its tall, the design isnt that bad, but most of all i think everyone in Melbourne will agree it makes up for it because it looks absolutley cool at night. Easily best building to look at at night IMO
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dont like spires. . and shouldnt be listed that tall. . . we should count antennas too . . . but i like the design . 7/10
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Old October 25th, 2002, 02:19 PM   #10
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The setbacks, form and 'playfulness' of this one, i love. When in Melbourne and i'm in the vicinity, i can't help but look at it in awe. i just go "goo goo ga ga". Looks vunabar when fully lit in the evening. Can look dull though when the weather is overcast (during the day).

9 from moi.
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Old October 26th, 2002, 05:00 AM   #11
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Unboring, therefore 8.5... i think the satellites not serving a purpose is a little tacky, but that's what helps make this building unique i guess.
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Old October 26th, 2002, 05:31 AM   #12
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Quote:
Originally posted by invincible
i've been wondering why the dishes there serve no purpose at all and are used as a decoration

8/10... it really stands out in that end of skyline (as it's the tallest)


btw shouldn't this be in the top 100 section??
No, it doesn't count, the 260m figure is to the top of the mast, which shouldn't count, to roof it is 200m.

I give a 7/10. Better than it's nearby 101 Collins, since it is slightly thinner, and slightly taller. But without the antenna, it would not be as well recognised.
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Old October 26th, 2002, 08:37 AM   #13
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more pics of it





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Old October 27th, 2002, 11:11 AM   #14
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8, love it
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Old October 30th, 2002, 04:04 AM   #15
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Horizontal streaks on its facade is meant to be sympathetic to Joseph Reed's magnificent church at its base. Odd angles in foyer layout is typical of Daryl Jackson's work, and very, very Melbourne. Streak lighting at night a welcome addition in recent years. Accentuated edges give it a sense of soaring height.

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Old November 2nd, 2002, 07:24 AM   #16
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8.5/10. Not too shabby!
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Old November 6th, 2002, 09:50 PM   #17
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This looks allright to me,a bit industrial if you as me..
I'll give it a 8.5
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Old November 16th, 2002, 01:38 AM   #18
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After triple checking, me and DMac noticed this building IS in the top100. Apologies to those who were deeply offended by its exclusion thus far.
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Old November 16th, 2002, 09:40 AM   #19
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7.5/10 - The facade has good height, helped by the butress-like setbacks, and the lighting at night is great.
The facade CAN dance with the light, but it doesn't always, and perhaps could use some more vertical emphasis. The tower could use a larger setback or two near the base, and that antenna only looks good when it's let up at night.

Say, Tayser, did you use a red filter on your camera lens when you took that awsome sunset chot?
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Old November 17th, 2002, 07:16 AM   #20
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I like it. One of my favorite highrises in Melbourne, and all of Australia. It even has nice proportioning IMO. It's strong, it's powerful, it's modern...

9.0/10
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