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The Age has to put a negative spin on the announcement, of course:

Spat looms over city skyscraper plan
Megan Levy


Plans to build a towering 388-metre skyscraper in Southbank could face stiff opposition from the City of Melbourne, which objected to a much smaller version of the building when it was first proposed two years ago.

Architects Fender Katsalidis have finalised a design for Australia 108 which, if approved and constructed, would be be the tallest building in the southern hemisphere.

The skyscraper, which could be built on the corner of City Road and Southbank Boulevard not far from the 297-metre tall Eureka Tower, would feature 600 apartments, a hotel, restaurants and bars, and the 108-storey tower would dominate Melbourne's skyline.

Karl Fender, founding director of Fender Katsalidis, said he wanted to build on Melbourne's reputation as the world's most liveable city.

Advertisement "These sort of initiatives really show a confidence, and it will be a confidence not just in Melbourne but on the international showcase, so Australia 108 we thought was a fantastic name for it and really showed a commitment to our city and our country," Mr Fender told radio station 3AW.

But plans for a smaller version of the building were opposed by the City of Melbourne in 2010 for being "excessive in both height and bulk".

At the time, Fender Katsalidis proposed to build a 226-metre, 72-storey building on the same site, which the council argued dramatically broke what it regarded as the 100-metre height limit in the planning scheme for that part of Southbank.

The chairman of the council's Future Melbourne (Planning) Committee, Councillor Peter Clarke, said at the time that the proposed development failed to meet the objectives and requirements of the Melbourne planning scheme.

"The appeal to VCAT was lodged because we believe the development is excessive in both height and bulk," Cr Clarke said. "It has excessive building bulk, inadequate separation from other towers nearby and relative to future developments, and potential for adverse wind effects."

However the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) rejected an appeal by the city council against the government's decision to grant a permit for the tower.

The architects have now beefed up those plans considerably, placing a hotel on top of the development.

Mr Katsalidis told 3AW today that the building still needed to gain approval from the state government Department of Planning and Community Development and the City of Melbourne.

"It's mostly residential, which is very similar in fact to the building permit that proceeded it, but it has now hotel plans on top," he said.

Mr Katsalidis said the design included a sky bar and restaurants at the top of the building, which would be available for public functions.

"We're not that interested in penthouses. We're more interested in getting the public and tourists to the top of our buildings like we did in Eureka," he said.

The City of Melbourne has been contacted for comment.

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Why does it have to be approved by MCC if Matthew Guy has jurisdiction? We know that MCC will oppose it so why do they matter?
 

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the 108storey planned for southbank they say it will be 18th tallest in world. thats only if its built tommorrow.
having a look at CTBUH database, it will be approx 40th tallest on completion in 3-5 years time.
 

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My only genuine criticism is that something similar, bold, a little bit unconventional and Really Tall isn't being planned for Sydney.

Ten Gold Stars to Melbourne.
 

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Sorry, take a step back and maybe a cold shower and realise that this thing, in its current conceptual form, is fucking ugly.

I would love to see a building in Melbourne pushing 400m - but I hope its not this design. Horrid horrid horrid.
 

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Alphaville said:
Sorry, take a step back and maybe a cold shower and realise that this thing, in its current conceptual form, is fucking ugly.

I would love to see a building in Melbourne pushing 400m - but I hope its not this design. Horrid horrid horrid.
Nah, it's beautiful. In every way.
 

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Sorry, take a step back and maybe a cold shower and realise that this thing, in its current conceptual form, is fucking ugly.

I would love to see a building in Melbourne pushing 400m - but I hope its not this design. Horrid horrid horrid.
Let's be honest the top leaves a lot to be desired. Still the design will almost definitely change once or twice so we'll see.
 

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I actually quite like the design. Is it possible that this has been in the pipeline for quite some time? Matt Guy has been talking about Melbourne getting a 100 storey building very confidently for some time and I always thought reading his comments that he knew about something that we didn't
 

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^^ Agree, I'd think that the developers have been in discussion with Guy prior to this release, to see it theoretically, something like this could go up.

I reckon this will go up.

I quite like the design - it is very asian, wouldn't look out of place in Shenzhen or Seoul, quite daring for Melbourne and a real statement piece.

Fingers crossed...
 

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I think what gives this proposal its legs is the fact that it's mixed use. Ie. Residential and hotel. The nightmare of trying to sell 108 levels of residential reduces heavily, and add to that the advantages of having a hotel attached to your apartment complex. Ie. potential room service for example plus amenities. Not sure what is happening with the W proposal but this would suit well I think.
I think this has a very very strong chance of going ahead. I predict a few minor design changes so will reserve full judgement until we get closer to construction.
 

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This is awesome news! Well done Melbourne.

I am still not sold on the design, but at least it is a bold design, something that Melbourne excels at. Can't wait for this to be approved and under construction.
 

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Judging by previous statements and general mindset of Matt Guy, I've got a strong feeling that this one's a goer.
 
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