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Radiant Star of Melbourne

Radiant Star of Melbourne

Planning permission has been granted for what will become the tallest building in the Southern Hemisphere. Australia 108 was approved for the city of Melbourne last week by Planning Minister Matthew Guy, who said: “Towers such as Australia 108 are consistent with the Coalition Government’s drive to concentrate high-density development in defined areas and out of existing, quiet neighbourhoods. Every apartment in this tower is one less apartment in an existing quiet neighbourhood.”

First construction of a skyscraper was opposed by the City Council of Melbourne. Critics have raised concerns that the building will project a shadow on the Shrine of Remembrance, dedicated to all Australians who died in all wars.

The practice behind this 388m-tall tower is Fender Katsalidis Architects who designed the Eureka Tower in Melbourne which opened in 2006. This 297.3m-tall residential structure was inspired by the Eureka Stockade of 1854 where gold miners of Ballarat rebelled against the UK colonial authorities. The golden crown atop the Eureka Tower is a reference to the Fort Eureka, erected by the rebels during the conflict, as is the short red stripe near the crown which symbolizes the blood split during the clashes.

When complete in 2018, Australia 108 will offer 646 apartments and a 288-room 6-star hotel, supported by a number of retail and dining options including a fresh food market and café. At the 83-m level supposed to place two restaurants, two bars and a skylounge with a glass floor, which will allow guests to look through the building up to the bottom level. The Review Room will soar over the city, opening panoramic views of the city.

There are also provided commercial office space to let.

It is assumed that the construction works will last about 4 years, though in Dubai new skyscrapers erection takes usually about 1-2 years. To shorten the construction period, the architects suggested assembling parts of the building at the ground and then lifting the prefabricated blocks of the building up.

Inspiration for the design came from the Commonwealth Star on the Australian flag, duplicating the pattern of Union Jack, which can be seen in the ‘starburst’ feature at the building’s summit.

In this connection Matthew Guy continued: “Australia 108 will be an outstanding addition to Melbourne’s skyline. This tower signifies the best of Victorian architecture and a drive for enterprise and ingenuity that exists nowhere else in Australia. I am proud to approve a tower that will define our city for many years to come and which I am sure will become as iconic a Melbourne landmark as Flinders Street Station or Federation Square.”

Skyscraper construction may start as early as this year. This project will cost 600 million Australian dollars. So far the architects didn’t mentioned what the principles of sustainable construction will be implemented in the project of Australia 108. However, the urban planners and residents of Melbourne, seems pleased with the project, which provides additional living space for the densely populated city.

They plan to install a tower at Southbank Boulevard, near the Yarra River that flows through the city. Its dimensions of the tower will surpass a record height of Q1 Tower.

At this point in time the tallest building in the Southern Hemisphere is the Q1 Tower in Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast by Atelier SDG, the spire of which reaches 322.5m into the air. “Australia 108 has the ability to define Melbourne and signify our coming of age as a dynamic and progressive international city,” said Nonda Katsalidis, co-designer of the project told CNN Travel. “Nothing like this exists in our part of the world.”

Fender Katsalidis Architects