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Melbourne Set to Build Tallest Skyscraper in Southern Hemisphere

© Fender Katsalidis Architects, John Gollings
© Fender Katsalidis Architects, John Gollings

Melbourne, Australia is about to reach new heights with Australia 108, a hotel and apartment tower designed by Fender Katsalidis. Last week the government of Victoria gave Australia 108 the green light to be built in the Southbank area. Upon completion, the tower will rise up 108 levels and 388 meters tall, which would make it the tallest building in the Southern Hemisphere.

More about Australia 108’s design after the break...

Australia 108 maintains the form of a typical skyscraper until the top half, where a few unique components jet out of its sides from all angles. The inspiration behind these starburst architectural features comes from the Commonwealth star on the Australian flag. 

© Fender Katsalidis Architects, John Gollings
© Fender Katsalidis Architects, John Gollings

The tower will contain 108 floors of apartments and is topped by a luxurious six star hotel. The lobby will be on the 84th floor where residents and friends can access two restaurants, two bars, and a variety of lounges.  A fresh food market and café will be located at the ground and lower levels.

© Fender Katsalidis Architects
© Fender Katsalidis Architects

Australia 108 is expected to be completed in 2018 and will be located near Fender Katsalidis' distinctive 297-meter-high Eureka Tower. 

© Fender Katsalidis Architects, David Simmons
© Fender Katsalidis Architects, David Simmons
Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite:Lisa Wronski. "Melbourne Set to Build Tallest Skyscraper in Southern Hemisphere" 25 Mar 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/350042/melbourne-set-to-build-tallest-skyscraper-in-southern-hemisphere/>