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Old November 8th, 2005, 03:56 AM   #1
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Australia's most famous skyscraper

If we had to judge the best known skyscraper ( so opera house etc do not count ) what would it be and why? Which building really stands out as Australian internationally and wins your vote.
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Old November 8th, 2005, 04:08 AM   #2
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It would have to be Rialto for me... Eureka perhaps once its finished.
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Old November 8th, 2005, 04:15 AM   #3
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Amongst people like us or the general public?

For the general public I think it would be Sydney Tower. I know it's not a skyscraper, but it's probably the most famous BECAUSE its not a skyscraper, it's a unique structure that defines Sydney's CBD like the Sydney Harbour Bridge or the Opera House.

But if I had to choose a skyscraper I'd say Rialto Towers. I think another reason Sydney Tower is so famous is that people can go up it and that's why I choose Rialto. People remember it because they paid good money to go to the top of the building. The skyscrapers they look down on all just morph into a general cityscape for most people.
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Old November 8th, 2005, 04:19 AM   #4
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I agree with Oriolus, Sydney Tower and Rialto.
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Old November 8th, 2005, 04:21 AM   #5
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Sydney Tower.

If that doesn't count, then it's a tough one because I doubt hardly anyone in Sydney could identify any Melbourne scrapers by name/photo and vice versa (same for all cities in Australia). If I had to pick one I'd say Rialto.
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Old November 8th, 2005, 04:21 AM   #6
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Most famous where? World? none. Famous in Australia? probably Rialto or MLC.
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Old November 8th, 2005, 04:28 AM   #7
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Probably Rialto, Eureka or Deutsch Bank which stands out.
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Old November 8th, 2005, 04:49 AM   #8
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i get asked alot of times when im at the sydney city model where Australia square is. that was Australia's first 'well known" skyscraper beacuse of its sheer size back in 1960's.also its shape! It has revolve restaurant + ob deck. everyone knew of it.
Also i get asked about MLC.- which everyone calls Australia square.
yes Sydney tower would be the most known tall structure in Australia by far!
As for skyscraper thats a hard one. i would say Australia square tower or MLC.
I would imagine Rialto is known well in Melbourne.
As for the latest new scrapers, Q1 is becoming well known, as will Eureka. I also reckon Vision will become popular!
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Old November 8th, 2005, 06:21 AM   #9
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Rialto but then again I'm a foreigner, so maybe within Australia you consider other towers better known. In Canada they covered the Rialto opening on TV and then once when some nutter jumped off doing some ill-fated stunt. I remember he jumped and then a gust of wind slammed him hard against the tower on the way down.
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Old November 8th, 2005, 06:32 AM   #10
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Rialto, because it has been the most prominent landmark in Melbourne for 20 years and it also has a public observation deck which a large percentage of tourists to Melbourne visit.

Australia Square and MLC in Sydney are way down on the Sydney landmarks list, thus would not be as well known.

To most people Sydney is the harbour, Opera House, Harbour Bridge and Sydney Tower, the individual skyscrapers of Sydney would be less well known because they are overshadowed by these landmarks.

Sydney Tower is not a skyscraper, obviously :-)
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Old November 8th, 2005, 06:37 AM   #11
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^ not many sydney siders know of the Rialto. but many know Australia Square.
i suppose its where your from.
Before its demolishment, the Black stump or State offcie block was very well known.
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Old November 8th, 2005, 06:46 AM   #12
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Rialto for sure.
Unfortunately AUstralia doesn't have any real classic old favourites like Empire State, Chyrsler, Metlife, Wrigley, Tribune, Rockefeller et al that have ingrained themselves into the national pysche.
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Old November 8th, 2005, 07:38 AM   #13
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To be honest I don't think there are any. Outside of the world of skyscraper nutcases, if you showed images of any skyscraper in Australia to random people on the streets of any city in Asia, Europe or America very few, if not, noone would be able to correctly name the Rialto Towers, and probably Q1 and Eureka as well at the moment.
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Old November 8th, 2005, 07:44 AM   #14
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^ not many sydney siders know of the Rialto. but many know Australia Square.
True but many people form Sydney who visit Melbourne go to the Rialto observation deck.
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Old November 8th, 2005, 07:57 AM   #15
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First one that comes to mind is Australia Square in Sydney - one of the oldest and still one of the best looking. It was an icon when it was built and has the worlds largest revolving restaurant. I remember in England people would joke about Australia Square being 'round'. Nobody seemed to know any other buildings except for the obvious Sydney icons and that collective strip of the Gold Coast.

Well thats the first that springs to mind.
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Old November 8th, 2005, 08:51 AM   #16
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Quote:
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^ not many sydney siders know of the Rialto. but many know Australia Square.
i suppose its where your from.
Before its demolishment, the Black stump or State offcie block was very well known.
I disagree with that, most people i know (in Sydney) could easily identify a picture of Melbourne soley by spotting Rialto...even if they didnt know its name....
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Old November 8th, 2005, 09:12 AM   #17
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Rialto for sure.
Unfortunately AUstralia doesn't have any real classic old favourites like Empire State, Chyrsler, Metlife, Wrigley, Tribune, Rockefeller et al that have ingrained themselves into the national pysche.
talking old bldgs, alot of people recognize the classic AWA tower on york st.
its mast dominated sydney for 20 years.


its hard to say what is Australia's most famous skyscraper? you would have to ask the people. from what ive gathered over past 10-15years in town, Aussie sq would by far be the most quoted in sydney.
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Old November 8th, 2005, 10:12 AM   #18
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i think skyscraper = rialto.... but there are much more internationally recognised symbols ( mostly in sydney )

melbourne is only really just comming out onto the international scene, i doubt they will top the recognition sydney gets,
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Old November 8th, 2005, 10:28 AM   #19
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Q1. Majority of people dont know about skyscraper names but they know about Q1.
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Old November 8th, 2005, 10:34 AM   #20
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I think once Eureka is finished and people start seeing it in photos, on the skyline, on tv, they will recognise it as Australia's most famous scraper.
I say this because of its absolutely distinctive gold crown.
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