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Old November 11th, 2012, 04:04 PM   #1
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MELBOURNE | Australia 108 | 317m | 1039ft | 100 fl | U/C

Planned super skyscraper in Southbank would dominate Melbourne's skyline

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news...-1226514699810

GRANT MCARTHUR From: Herald Sun November 12, 2012

EXCLUSIVE: THE tallest building in the southern hemisphere - a mammoth 388m skyscraper - is planned for Melbourne in a development that will radically alter the city skyline.

Designs for the huge Australia 108 are being 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 297m Eureka Tower.

Architects Fender Katsalidis, who also built Eureka, gained planning approval for a 228m apartment building on the 70 Southbank Boulevard site in 2010, despite objections from Melbourne City Council.

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

"Buildings like this change cities, they make the city more dynamic, more interesting, more exciting," he said.

One of Australia 108's most striking features will be a two-storey sky lobby which will house two restaurants and two bars, extending 9m out of the building, 84-storeys above Melbourne.

A 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, Mr Katsalidis said it would form a pair with Eureka.



Towering apartment buildings are also set to rise near Queen Victoria Market, with approval gained for skyscrapers in Elizabeth St and at the Celtic Club in Queen St.

The 62-storey, 197m tower on the corner of Elizabeth and Franklin streets will house 541 apartments only 100m from Victoria Market.

The Celtic Club development will rise 48 storeys and 154m with 256 apartments within 300m of the market.

While the redesigned Australia 108 plans will be subjected to a fresh planning application process, Planning Minister Matthew Guy said the fact such a project was being proposed underlined the confidence in Melbourne.

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

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



The planned 108-storey tower will be the 18th-tallest building in the world. Picture: Fender Katsalidis Architects/John Gollings
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Old November 11th, 2012, 04:11 PM   #2
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what a weird design. and to be the 18th tallest in the world it would have to be already topped out
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Old November 11th, 2012, 04:15 PM   #3
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yeah, that part is just journalists being journalists. They aren't up to speed on supertalls like most of us :p
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Old November 11th, 2012, 04:29 PM   #4
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Woooooo go Melbourne!! First supertall!
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Old November 11th, 2012, 04:36 PM   #5
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Old November 11th, 2012, 04:40 PM   #6
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What a crap design!
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Old November 11th, 2012, 04:49 PM   #7
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looks indeed a bit weird...but cool too. build it!
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Old November 11th, 2012, 04:51 PM   #8
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Actually, although it us hard to tell from one render, it doesn't really seem like that bad of a design to me. But I don't like those little things sticking out on the side of the building- they need to go. Other than that, it looks pretty good.
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Old November 11th, 2012, 05:15 PM   #9
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It's a major tower for Australia, but I am not a fan of the middle bit, so I took it out:P
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Old November 11th, 2012, 05:17 PM   #10
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I can almost guarantee that if it doesn't die, it will change design a few times before it gets built. In almost 100% cases building's design change as it develops towards being real.
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Old November 11th, 2012, 05:56 PM   #11
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I hope so, the lower 250 m looks good but above that is ugly.
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Old November 12th, 2012, 12:10 AM   #12
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It's a major tower for Australia, but I am not a fan of the middle bit, so I took it out:P
That would look better.
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I thought this was a possibility.

Looks like some kind of observation pod between the two sticks:




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That's Melbourne, willing to push the boundaries. I love it. It smacks of confidence and brutal flair.
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Brutal is right. Normally, I like weird towers, but this just isn't cohesive. Where is the site for this relative to the CBD?
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Old November 12th, 2012, 05:13 AM   #16
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The base and the sky lobby/bars just look so out of place on the building. Can't wait for the first re-designs.
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Old November 12th, 2012, 05:58 AM   #17
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Brutal is right. Normally, I like weird towers, but this just isn't cohesive. Where is the site for this relative to the CBD?
It's basically opposite Eureka Tower, in Southbank. The other side of the Yarra River to the CBD. Here's the site with Street view (turn around to see Freshwater Place and Eureka Tower)
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Old November 12th, 2012, 11:25 AM   #18
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I don't mind this design, very imaginative in my opinion but I tend to agree it looks better without the 'sticking out' section.
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The top of the building is hideous. It's not daring, it's ugly...although I suppose it could be both
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looks too much like eureka for my liking. change the stars, change the top. keep the height.
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