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View Poll Results: Melbourne Central
10 53 15.87%
9.5 24 7.19%
9 53 15.87%
8.5 37 11.08%
8 44 13.17%
7.5 26 7.78%
7 27 8.08%
6.5 7 2.10%
6 10 2.99%
5.5 6 1.80%
5 2 0.60%
4.5 6 1.80%
4 7 2.10%
3.5 3 0.90%
3 or less 29 8.68%
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Old September 23rd, 2002, 06:58 AM   #1
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Melbourne Central l MELBOURNE l 211m l 54fl

Melbourne Central
Melbourne, Australia


HEIGHT: 211m/692 feet
FLOORS: 54 floors
COMPLETION: 1991
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Rated 2nd best on the original OzScrapers Rate our talls series (yep you have Kay from OZScrapers to blame)

http://www.walkingmelbourne.com/buil...ile.php?ID=279

Built : 1988 - 1991
Address : cnr Swanston & Lonsdale Streets

Height
(to roof) : 211
(to pinnacle) : 246m/ 807ft
number of floors : 54

Built in the Eighties period in the Modern style

Notable architectural features :
The office tower follows the concept of skyscraper design as a "Crystal Cut" volume. Within the smooth shape, the facades are a composition of heterogeneous materials, such as stone, aluminum panel, reflective glass and tinted glass. At the top of the tower, high-technology communication equipment is visible. The lower part of the building is more traditional in design. The facade represents a transition, from the solid city building at the base, which slowly evaporates towards the sky. The basic concept of Melbourne Central consists of the four following targets: The Symbiosis of History and the Present The existing shot tower located on the redevelopment site is not necessarily important from the architectural point of view. It is, however, an important landmark with which the citizens of Melbourne are familiar. This historical testimony is enclosed in the conic glass atrium. It is important to preserve historical buildings while making the most of them in the present town. The Crystal Cut Office Tower The form of the high-rise crystal cut office tower has the same concept with the Central Plaza in Brisbane which I have designed. The mullion pattern on the facade is introduced to avoid the uniformity. Abstraction or Pure Geometry One of the methods to create multivalent and ambivalent architecture is to quote fragments of historical symbols. The other method is to quote abstract forms which are the achievements of modern architecture and modern art. Abstraction can be freely interpreted, to produce multivalent meaning. In this project, various abstract forms are quoted, such as rectangle, cone, inverted-cone (concave conically-shaped cut-out in the facade), and sphere (dome). The Symbiosis of Various Functions The contemporary city has lost vitality which was produced by overlaying and compounding various functions. Melbourne Central is aiming at the complex which vitalizes a city. Site area: 26,067.00m² Total floor area: 263,435.00m² * The Tower Total floor area: 106,131.00m² Steel Structure + Reinfored concrete 4 basements + 53 stories * Shopping Center (Atrium annex) Total floor area: 92,096.00m² Steel Structure (Atrium) + Reinfored concrete 4 basements + 6 stories + 2 penthouses * Shopping Center (Lonsdale annex) Total floor area: 45,208.00m² Steel Structure (Pedestrian bridge) + Reinfored concrete 4 basements + 3 stories + 2 penthouses

Building design by : Kisho Kurokawa, Bates, Smart & McCutcheon, Hassel Pty. Ltd









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Old September 23rd, 2002, 10:51 AM   #2
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MC is probably the most unique of Melbourne's tallest boxes.

9/10
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Old September 23rd, 2002, 10:56 AM   #3
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Ahhh... So Freakay is the guy that did these on OZscrapers!
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Old September 24th, 2002, 04:54 PM   #4
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Would be one of the best in the world for it's time if it was 300-350m. I gave it 8.5/10
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Old September 26th, 2002, 06:14 AM   #5
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yikes!! attack of the giant space robot/rodent/field goal . . 4/10 because it reminds me of Nashville
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Old September 27th, 2002, 09:53 PM   #6
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8.5/10. Reminds me of a cross between Bank of China and Bellsouth Tower, Nashville (Batman building).

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Old September 27th, 2002, 09:57 PM   #7
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Nice building, not too boxy.

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Old September 28th, 2002, 04:14 AM   #8
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WOW I like it. Whats with those spires or whatever they are. They are awsome. 9/10
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Old September 28th, 2002, 09:29 AM   #9
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My favourite Melbourne building out of all. Ever better than Rialto. I love its pointies and also it was done by Kisho Kurokawa who also did Central Plaza 1 & 2 in Brisbane. 10/10
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Old September 29th, 2002, 11:09 PM   #10
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Very nice indeed

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Old September 30th, 2002, 04:51 AM   #11
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7.5/10. Good but those spires dragged the mark down.
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Old September 30th, 2002, 05:16 AM   #12
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Bellsouth and MC almost look alike, though Bellsouth is only 188m tall, and MC is 211m.
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Old September 30th, 2002, 07:28 PM   #13
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9/10. I've always liked this building, and the robotic like twin spires. The only thing I dislike are the long white facade elements, I think if it were pure glass on all sides it would look better.
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Old October 10th, 2002, 03:47 AM   #14
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One of my all-time favourite skyscrapers in this height category. So elegant and sleek. IMO more sophisticated than Bank of China, HK because of the 3-D crystal cut design as opposed to the tapering BoC. Bank of China plays only on the triangle, whereas Melb Central breaks out of the mould and offers very interesting angles from different viewpoints.

Also, love the tapering mullion pattern, truss-style spires and imaginative window cleaning rails in the groove between the roof panels and facade. Also, Melb Central cone is imaginative but in the end puts an Asian/American-style shopping centre in the very different Melb urban context.

And Melb Central is black...

Kisho Kurokawa hovers between excellent towers and mediocre towers (eg Republic Plaza Singapore) and plain bizarre...Japanese metabolists. He built the capsule hotel tower in Tokyo. I understand that he's a very flamboyant architect with his own tv show in Japan.
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Old October 10th, 2002, 11:33 AM   #15
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One of my favs for Melbourne. I'm giving it an 8/10, just because I gave the Rialto an 8.5, and I thought if I had to choose b/w the two, I would choose Rialto.

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Old November 1st, 2002, 07:51 AM   #16
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10! GOTTA be one of the best buildings along with the rialto in melbourne. looks a bit like that shit in nashville but other than that its great.
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Old November 1st, 2002, 08:26 AM   #17
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OOOOOO Me likey very mucho! 9/10
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Old November 1st, 2002, 10:57 PM   #18
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There are buildings, whose design desire a different height. This one should be much taller. Therefore only 7.5
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Old November 10th, 2002, 08:59 AM   #19
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may as well be the best in Aus!

10 or 9.. forgot what i gave it
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Old November 13th, 2002, 01:12 PM   #20
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8/10

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