Victorian Government OKs Plan for 100-Storey Australia 108 Skyscraper, Tallest in Southern Hemisphere
By Vittorio Hernandez | June 27, 2014 7:40 AM EST
The tallest skyscraper in the Southern Hemisphere would soon rise in Victoria, Australia. The 100-storey tower will stand 319 metres tall upon completion.
The original plan, initially disapproved by the government in 2013, was for the Australia 108 tower to stand at 388 metres, but it would obstruct an emergency flight path route to the Essendon Airport.
Nonda Katsalidis, the architect, said the building is scheduled for completion in 2019.
Victorian Infrastructure Minister Matthew Guy approved the construction on Thursday. He disclosed, "The spire at Q1 on the Gold Coast is 323 metres, the top of Q1 is around 275, so it is by far and away the tallest building to the roof line, anywhere in Australia."
Besides the 100-storey skyscraper to rise at 70 Southern Boulevard, Guy also approved two more high rises. One is a 75-storey building on Elizabeth Street and the other is a 54-storey edifice on Queensbridge Street in Southbank.
The construction phase of these buildings would create 5,800 jobs, and when completed, the towers could house 4,000 people and improve the city's urban density.
The new constructions would ensure that Melbourne would have a large supply of housing units and dwellings which are important to the Victorian economy, the minister said.
However, the upcoming tower has its critics. Michael Buxton, an associate professor of environment and planning at RMIT, said its construction would not stop the city's urban sprawl. He explained, "The current Government is saying this is going to take the pressure off the rest of the city, but of course it is not because there are different marketplaces - this isn't reducing pressure on the suburbs or the fringe by a centimeter."
Buxton accused the state government of lacking sufficient guidelines to regulate the construction of skyscrapers in the city.
Brian Tee, Opposition planning spokesman, likewise opposed the towers, saying, "Every CBD site isn't an opportunity to put a tall tower on it. I have an old fashioned view that we should plan these things ... so we don't end up with wind tunnels and we maintain a vibrant city."
To contact the editor, e-mail:
Most Popular Slideshows
- Flight MH17 Attack: Russians Claim 'Putin A Terrorist,' Memorial at Dutch Embassy Overflows [PHOTOS]
- Typhoon Rammasun Claims 18 Lives in China, Incurs $4.32B Losses (PHOTOS)
- Ellen DeGeneres Caught Cheating with Mutual Friend Before Portia de Rossi’s Rehab – Reports [PHOTOS]
- Typhoon Matmo Leaves 32k Customers w/o Electricity in Taiwan, Weakens After Landing in China
Join the Conversation
- China Military PLA Drills Affect Flights, Hundreds Cancelled
- End of Times Signs: 3 Aviation Accidents in 1 Wk, 500 Total Deaths; Air Algerie AH5017 Latest
- Malaysia Airlines MH17: EU Feared Won't Ever Enforce Sanctions on Russia; All Talk, No Force
- U.S. Flights to Israel Now Lifted, Flights To and From Tel Aviv Resume – FAA
- Reserve Bank of New Zealand Raises Interest Rates Due to 'Unsustainable' Kiwi
- Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Apps Leak Online, Five Fresh Features to Expect from the Android Smartphone
- Windows Phone 8.1 Update Rollout: 20 Nokia Lumia Phones Eligible and 13 New Features to be Added
- HTC Google Nexus 8 Release Date Imminent with New Nexus 7 Deals, Two New Tablets Soon
- Three New Moto G Successors Spotted in FCC Document Dubbed Moto G2, Moto M and More --Reports
- iPad Air 2 Release Date Will Skip IGZO Panel; To Rollout with Super-Slim iPad Mini Air