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Melbourne Set to Build Tallest Skyscraper in Southern Hemisphere

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...

Melbourne Set to Build Tallest Skyscraper in Southern Hemisphere, © Fender Katsalidis Architects, John Gollings
© Fender Katsalidis Architects, John Gollings

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
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/>
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12 Comments

archi · March 27, 2013

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

Nik · March 26, 2013

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???

Vladimir Jokic · March 26, 2013

Worst skyscraper ever? At least in Australia.

JK · March 26, 2013

This is Awesome!

joel · March 26, 2013

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.

alexcole · March 26, 2013

this can't be serious..

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

Angus M · March 26, 2013

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

laura · March 26, 2013

tallest and ugliest.

Kalyan Basetty · March 26, 2013

Totally ruins Melbourne's skyline...

Rob · March 26, 2013

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

Axiomatic · March 26, 2013

Oh good, its hideous.

Madeline R · March 26, 2013

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

common · March 26, 2013 03:39 AM

i know right

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