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^^ I also prefer the new one. Looks much more interesting.
 

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"Planned super skyscraper in Southbank would dominate Melbourne's skyline"

www.heraldsun.com.au

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.

Editorial: Reach for the sky

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."


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Editorial: Reach for the sky
Herald Sun
November 12, 2012 12:00AM
www.heraldsun.com.au/opinion/reach-for-the-sky/story-e6frfhqf-1226514718699

MELBOURNE'S skyline is soon to be that of a new city for the 21st century. A 108-storey tower is to rise opposite the city's tallest building, the 91-storey Eureka Tower.

The new building, planned by the same architects, Fender Katsalidis, is to have 600 apartments.

High-rise apartment living is no longer a pie-in-the-sky dream of a new Melbourne on the Yarra.

The Victorian Government's enthusiasm for what will be a super-city is part of its metropolitan planning strategy.

Architect Nonda Katsalidis talks of "a city seemingly rising out of the ocean" in a comparison with the skyscrapers of New York.

Residential living in mega towers is a concept being introduced in the United States with the amenities of a city within the building itself - even gardens for residents to walk through.

Planning Minister Matthew Guy enthuses that taller buildings are "a symbol of a growing nation and a strong economy". The sky is no longer the limit.
 

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SOUTHBANK > AUSTRALIA 108 > 388m / 108L / mixed use

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/new...lbournes-skyline/story-e6frg6n6-1226514699810

Planned super skyscraper in Southbank would dominate Melbourne's skyline

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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Just seen it on the herald sun website 10 minutes ago and nearly had a heart attack in excitement :-D
 

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HOLY SHIT! FINALLY A SUPERTALL!! - Matt Guy gets his wish!

I have a feeling this is the beginning of years and years of 'IS THIS GOING AHEAD??'
 

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I thought this site was up for sale?

Did Katsalidis take it off the market?

All I can say is I hope they sort out that fiscal cliff in America!
 

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Not really keen on it being designed by the same architects as Eureka, but a fantastic vote of confidence in Melbourne nonetheless. Here's hoping it gets up.
 

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It's a huge tower for Oz, but drop the bit in the middle, it looks like some North Korea shit.
 
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