Melbourne Set to Build Tallest Skyscraper in Southern Hemisphere

© Fender Katsalidis Architects, John Gollings

Melbourne, is about to reach new heights with 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…

© Fender Katsalidis Architects

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

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

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
Cite: Wronski, Lisa. "Melbourne Set to Build Tallest Skyscraper in Southern Hemisphere" 25 Mar 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 24 May 2015. <>
  • Madeline R

    Yikes! Not sure if I would want that dominating my skyline.

    • common

      i know right

  • Axiomatic

    Oh good, its hideous.

  • Rob

    It really is awful….What were they thinking….

  • Kalyan Basetty

    Totally ruins Melbourne’s skyline…

  • laura

    tallest and ugliest.

  • Angus M

    Southern cross abstraction is just too painful… and the podium is soooo 2009.
    C’mon this is not the work of a human!!!

  • alexcole

    this can’t be serious..

    I even double checked if we weren’t april 1st!

  • joel

    Yikes! This is gross. As are the renders. And to think this was the same architect that designed MONA, which was shortlisted for the World Architecture Festival last year.

  • JK

    This is Awesome!

  • Vladimir Jokic

    Worst skyscraper ever? At least in Australia.

  • Nik

    It looks like a combination of multiple concepts that have no connection to each other or it’s surroundings. The base of the tower . . . what is that . . . and why is there a purple star randomly exploding out of the top third of the tower???

  • archi

    Sorry Nonda. You guys have really jumped the shark with this one.