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Old December 23rd, 2013, 07:35 PM   #1
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Streamline skyscraper gets the go-ahead near Crown casino
Thursday, 19 December 2013

A SUPER-thin, 73-storey apartment tower with a design twist has been given the green light for Southbank.

Planning Minister Matthew Guy said the tower, with 256 apartments, would prove a stunning addition to the inner-city skyline.

“It looks terrific, it’s an *innovative design that’s being used in places like New York,” he said. “It shows that Melbourne in particular is at the leading edge of skyscraper *design in Australia.”

The tower, proposed for 54 Clarke St near Crown casino, has been designed by BKK *Architects and features a twisting flower stem design and a vertical garden.

Already dubbed “the pencil tower”, it’s almost as tall as the Rialto and will include a cafe, spa, sauna, lounge areas and community facilities.

Melbourne City Council failed unsuccessfully in its bid to block the approval in the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

Mr Guy said the thin tower was a sign of things to come as Melbourne strives to accommodate a rapidly growing population.

“Yes, it’s skinny; yes, it’s different, but we will have to do business differently in the next 20 years to how we have done it in the past, and this is a perfect example,” he said.

“It will be a landmark, both in design and height — it will be a stunning addition to the Southbank skyline.”

Other new-era skinny towers include the nearly completed Phoenix at 108 Flinders St, and One Madison Park and 785 Eighth St in New York.
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That looks amazing.
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Wow, fantastic design.
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