Australia 108 Melbourne

Australia 108 Melbourne



As Melbourne's highest tower, Australia 108 will form a bridge between earth and sky.

Be transported to another realm where the sky is yours. Expansive views will stretch from the glittering Melbourne Skyline, green vistas towards the Royal Botanical gardens or the stunning bay offering stunning water views.

Australia 108 is a highly sculptural residential tower unlike any other in Australia. Its slender form is highlighted at the Cloud Residences levels by a golden starburst expression and then morphs into a curvaceous profile against the sky.

The starburst which contains the resident facilities is inspired by the Commonwealth Star on the Australian flag and is an obvious celebration of the sense of community within the building.

Australia 108 will be the tallest building in Australia to roof and the second-tallest building in Australia.

70 Southbank Boulevard is on the corner of City Road and Southbank Boulevard, Southbank.

construction begins

October 2015

A giant new landmark is climbing into Melbourne’s skyline, as construction begins on the Australia 108 skyscraper. This month, work started on the foundations of what will be the southern hemisphere’s tallest apartment building.

Some residents could move into the tower as soon as 2018 while construction is still in full swing, as the project by Singaporean developer Aspial will be completed in five stages.

Apartment owners below level 41 are likely to get their keys from September 2018, when the building is less than half finished .

Another 15 levels or so will be opened every six months until the building is completed in late 2020.

Delays caused by strong winds and bad weather will be among the challenges for the builders as the tower creeps towards its final height of 319 metres.

Brookfield Multiplex regional managing director Graham Cottam said the building company would have to wait for calmer days – when the wind was blowing at less than 72km/h – to operate cranes.

‘‘ The building will be exposed to all the forces of nature after about level 60 because it will stick above the rest of the city,’’ he said.

‘‘ We will definitely be delayed in our works and have allowed extra time [for this]’’ .

At the peak of construction, about 550 people will work on the 70 Southbank Boulevard site.

The building and the lift system have been designed to allow for the staged handovers, with separate lobby areas for different areas of the tower.

Mr Cottam said Australia 108, like all skyscrapers, would be constructed with the flexibility to sway – in this case up to 60 centimetres.

The golden starburst feature at 210 metres, inspired by the Australian flag , will be prefabricated off site in components.

When completed, the megatower will be nine-storeys higher than the Eureka Tower, which has been Melbourne’s tallest building since 2006 – though it’s unlikely to remain so for much longer, with three larger skyscrapers in the pipeline.

Australia 108 will also become the country’s highest building. Although the Q1 Tower in the Gold Coast stretches to more than 322 metres, it is occupied only to 235 metres, with a huge spire making up the extra height.

The new Melbourne skyscraper will boast the ‘‘ tallest’ ’ home in the southern hemisphere – a penthouse on level 100 recently was sold off the plan to a Chinese businessman for $25 million.

The managing director of CBRE Residential, Andrew Leoncelli, said only 33 apartments of the original 1105 still remained on the market, with almost $1 billion worth of stock sold.

Mr Leoncelli said prospective buyers would need at least $2.5 million for one of the remaining properties, all luxury threebedroom apartments, in the exclusive ‘‘ Cloud Residences’ ’ above the 71st floor .

The cheaper apartments on the lower storeys, which sold for as little as $450,000, were snapped up within a few months of the official launch in February.

Australia 108, designed by Fender Katsalidis Architects, was originally planned to rise 108 floors and 388 metres but had to be cut back after it was revealed the building violated federal air-safety regulations for Essendon airport.

However, unlike the Eureka, Melbourne’s newest skyscrapergiant will not have its own public viewing area.

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