Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat

Australia Related Initiatives

CTBUH Melbourne Christmas Celebration
4 Dec 2014, Melbourne – Event Invite
Come join the Melbourne Committee for a Christmas celebration and an exciting look at upcoming events planned for 2015.
Melbourne Committee Reaches for the Clouds
4 Sep 2014, Melbourne – Event Report
The CTBUH Australia Chapter’s Melbourne Committee held its first public lecture, drawing more than 120 people to a discussion on high-rise steel and concrete.
Should Fire Safety Limit Timber Building Height?
24 Jul 2014, Brisbane – Event Report
The Brisbane Committee held the 3rd of its Emerging Technologies Breakfast Seminars with José L. Torero presenting on “Should Fire Safety Limit Timber Building Height?”
Design Excellence at Greenland Centre
23 Jul 2014, Sydney – Event Report
The Sydney Committee hosted its second successful event exploring Design Excellence with five leading architects presenting their schemes for the Greenland Centre.
CTBUH in NSW Holds Launch Event
30 Apr 2014, Sydney – Event Report
The CTBUH in New South Wales, Australia, launched with an evening event at 8 Chifley Square - one of Sydney's newest iconic tall buildings.
CTBUH Australia Hosts Emerging Tech Breakfast in Brisbane
5 Mar 2014, Brisbane – Event Report
The first Emerging Technologies Breakfast Seminar" of the CTBUH Australia Chapter, Brisbane Committee, was attended by more than 150 people.
Creating Urban Places: Flinders Street Station Competition
14 Nov 2013, Brisbane – Event Report
The final seminar of 2013 series "Creating Urban Places" focused on the HASSELL + Herzog & De Meuron winning scheme for the Flinders Street Station design competition.
Creating Urban Places: The RNA Development
11 Sep 2013, Brisbane – Event Report
The RNA has been the custodian of the Showgrounds for over 130 years, and this year holds its 136th Ekka at the site.
CTBUH Melbourne Committee Launches
31 Jul 2013, Melbourne – Event Report
Close to 70 people attended the meeting where CTBUH representatives from Melbourne presented on the history and mission of the CTBUH, and plans for upcoming events.
Smart is the New Green
24 Jul 2013, Brisbane – Event Report
Dr. Tim Williams, Arup and Committee for Sydney, discusses how cities by unlocking technologies can create opportunities for new sustainable modes of living and working.
Christoph Ingenhoven Explains the Necessity for High-Rises
12 Jun 2013 – Conference Video and PPT
Christoph Ingenhoven presents his point of view regarding the necessity of high-rises in cities. He discusses a wide range of built projects, including one of the first ecological high-rises, the RWE Tower in the center of Essen as well as 1 Bligh…
Urban Places: Gold Coast: Form Versus Sprawl
5 Jun 2013, Brisbane – Event Report
The spectacular urban profile of the Gold Coast's most concentrated surf-side moments is among the most distinct and idiosyncratic features of this city-region.
Urban Places: Queensland's Latest Public Hospitals
23 Apr 2013, Brisbane – Event Report
The two speakers will provide insight into the challenges of creating functional and memorable public space within the next generation of Queensland's Public Hospitals.
ingenhoven architects Presents on 1 Bligh Street
18 Oct 2012 – Awards Symposium Video and PPT
Sydney’s central business district was transformed by 1 Bligh Street’s elliptical tower, which offers tenants several ground-breaking technological advances. The centerpiece is Australia’s tallest naturally ventilated skylit atrium, which soars the…
First Wave of City Representatives Appointed
1 Jul 2012, Chicago – CTBUH News
More than 35 City Representatives have been appointed in 13 countries as the CTBUH expands its network at a grass roots level.
CTBUH Releases Analysis of Global Population and Tall Buildings
Apr 2011 – CTBUH Journal Paper
Tall buildings are spreading across the globe at an ever-increasing rate. This study demonstrates the relationship between population and tall buildings across those countries and presents information on the average height and age of each country’s…
Building Tours Accompanying Meetings with ACTBUH
9-15 Nov 2008, Brisbane – Tour Report
During his week in Australia Executive Director Antony Wood had a chance to visit many of the tall buildings, including Riverside Center, Aurora Place, and Governor Philip Tower.
Green or Grey - The Aesthetics of Tall Building Sustainability
9-15 Nov 2008, Brisbane – Event Report
Antony Wood, Executive Director of CTBUH, reports on his visit to Australia after a week of seminars and meetings.
CTBUH Releases Tallest Buildings Completed in 2006
Dec 2006 – CTBUH Journal Paper
Nina Tower 1 in Hong Kong, at 319 meters high, leads the list of the ten tallest buildings completed in 2006. The Sports City Tower/Aspire Tower (Doha, United Arab Emirates) at 300 meters, and Eureka Tower (Melbourne, Australia), at 296 meters, were…
CTBUH Plaques & Signboards Initiative Begun
Oct 2004, Chicago – Event Report
CTBUH believes public skyscraper signs are a powerful and lasting way to inform the world about the official recognition of the achievements and merits of new and existing tall buildings.
1973 Sydney Conference: Planning and Design of Tall Buildings
13-17 Aug 1973, Sydney – Conference
The 1973 Conference on Planning and Design of Tall Buildings was held in in Sydney, Australia for a 5 day event.

Featured Tall Buildings in Australia

1 Bligh Street

1 Bligh Street, Sydney

While not the tallest building on Sydney’s skyline, 1 Bligh Street stands out for its many sustainability features, including a double-skin curtain wall.

Eureka Tower

Eureka Tower, Melbourne

The Eureka Skydeck 88 observation deck provides stunning views of Melbourne from atop, at the time of completion, the city's tallest building.

Q1 Tower

Q1 Tower, Gold Coast

The first supertall building in the southern hemisphere, Q1 also held the title of tallest residential building from it's completion in 2005 until 2011.

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Australia Members

The work of the Council is only possible through the support of its members, which include most of the world’s leading developers, architects, engineers, contractors and others connected with tall buildings and sustainable cities. Below is the list of current organizational members located in Australia, sorted by membership level then alphabetically by organization name.

Patron

Ridley Ridley
ACAD ARCH COMP COST URB

Donor

Arup Arup
ARCH CIV COST ENGO FAC FIRE GEO LAND MEP PMNG RES SEIS STRC TRAN VERT WIND
Aurecon Aurecon
CIV COMP ENVE ENVP FAC FIN FIRE GEO MEP OTHR STRC TRAN URB VERT
Fender Katsalidis Fender Katsalidis
ARCH COST INTR URB

Contributor

Altitude Facade Access Consulting Altitude Facade Access Consulting
COST FAC
Architectus Architectus
ARCH INTR URB
Bates Smart Bates Smart
ARCH INTR URB
Bonacci Group Bonacci Group
CIV ENGO STRC
Conrad Gargett Riddel Ancher Mortlock Woolley Conrad Gargett Riddel Ancher Mortlock Woolley
ARCH LAND URB
DBI Design DBI Design
ARCH INTR LAND URB
dwp|suters dwp|suters
ARCH INTR URB
Elenberg Fraser Elenberg Fraser
ARCH INTR URB
Irwinconsult Pty. Irwinconsult Pty.
CIV FIRE MEP STRC
Norman Disney & Young Norman Disney & Young
FIRE MEP PROP SEC VERT
Plus Architecture Plus Architecture
ARCH INTR URB
Project Planning and Management Pty Ltd Project Planning and Management Pty Ltd
COST PMNG
Woods Bagot Woods Bagot
ARCH INTR URB

Participant

AMP Capital Investors AMP Capital Investors
FIN OTHR OWN
BG&E BG&E
CIV ENGO ENVE FAC INSU LEGL STRC TRAN
Crone Partners Pty Ltd Crone Partners Pty Ltd
ARCH INTR LAND PMNG URB
Exova Warringtonfire Exova Warringtonfire
FIRE INSU SEC
Global Wind Technology Services Global Wind Technology Services
ENVE WIND
Gold Coast City Council Gold Coast City Council
NONP OTHR
Johnson Pilton Walker Johnson Pilton Walker
ARCH INTR LAND URB
Lyons Lyons
ARCH INTR URB
Murchie Consulting Murchie Consulting
ENGO FIRE MEP VERT
Philip Chun and Associates Philip Chun and Associates
FIRE SEC
Robert Bird Group Pty Ltd Robert Bird Group Pty Ltd
ENGO STRC
Surface Design Surface Design
COST ENVE FAC STRC
Swinburne University Swinburne University
ACAD RES
Taylor Thomson Whitting Taylor Thomson Whitting
CIV FAC STRC TRAN
Umow Lai Umow Lai
BACS COMP FIRE MEP VERT
Views On Top Views On Top
OTHR
Vipac Engineers & Scientists Vipac Engineers & Scientists
COMP MEP RES SEC STRC TRAN WIND
Windtech Consultants Windtech Consultants
ENGO FAC WIND

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CTBUH Australia

CTBUH Melbourne Christmas Celebration

4 Dec 2014, Event Invite – Come join the Melbourne Committee for a Christmas celebration and an exciting look…

Melbourne Committee Reaches for the Clouds

4 Sep 2014, Event Report – The CTBUH Australia Chapter’s Melbourne Committee held its first public lecture,…

Should Fire Safety Limit Timber Building Height?

24 Jul 2014, Event Report – The Brisbane Committee held the 3rd of its Emerging Technologies Breakfast Seminars…

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John Flynn

President

John Flynn
Conrad Gargett Architects, Brisbane

Cameron McLean

Treasurer

Cameron McLean
McLean Consult Pty, Brisbane

Brian Wooldridge

Secretary

Brian Wooldridge
Opus International Consultants, Brisbane

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Jose Alfano

City Representative

Jose Alfano
Alfano Architects, Melbourne

Marc Colella

City Representative

Marc Colella
AECOM, Melbourne

Phil Gardiner

City Representative

Phil Gardiner
Irwinconsult, Melbourne

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Stephen Giblett

City Representative

Stephen Giblett
AECOM, New South Wales

Andrew Hakin

City Representative

Andrew Hakin
Drew Hakin Consulting, Sydney

Ken McBryde

City Representative

Ken McBryde
Hassell, Sydney

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CTBUH Australia Representation

Forms of Regional Representation
Roles, Responsibilities, and Benefits

Latest Tall Building News

Bid to Save New Zealand’s First Skyscraper in Auckland

Bid to Save New Zealand’s First Skyscraper in Auckland

19 Nov 2014, Auckland – Plans to save or demolish New Zealand's first skyscraper, the Civic Building on Aotea…

Groundbreaking Held for Twin Residential Towers in Jakarta

Groundbreaking Held for Twin Residential Towers in Jakarta

12 Sep 2014, Jakarta – Construction has begun on the Verde II residential towers in Jakarta, designed by…

Sky Tower Lights Up for Charity

Sky Tower Lights Up for Charity

21 Mar 2014, Auckland – As a sign of support for the Child Cancer Foundation, Auckland’s 328-meter Sky Tower is…

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Australia News

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Sales Launch for Sydney by Crown
18 Nov 2014 – Sydney, Australia
The Grand Opening of the Sydney by Crown Display Suite was marked with an invitation-only media event. The new AUS $250 million (US $218 million) tower will begin sales…
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Tower 5 Up for Approval in Melbourne
13 Nov 2014 – Melbourne, Australia
The fifth building in Walker Corporation's Collins Square development at Docklands is up for approval. The 27-story tower designed by Woods Bagot is the result of a…
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Brookfield Multiplex to Deliver Sydney’s Tallest Residential Tower
7 Nov 2014 – Sydney, Australia
Brookfield Multiplex has been appointed as sole contractor to construct the iconic Greenland Centre Residential Tower at 115 Bathurst Street in Sydney’s central business…
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Renderings have been released for a skinny residential tower, 338 Queen Street
6 Nov 2014 – Melbourne, Australia
New renderings have been unveiled for an ultra-thin tower in central Melbourne, but its fate is far from certain. Hearings are taking place with the Victorian Civil and…
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Aurora Melbourne Central Receives Green Light
28 Oct 2014 – Melbourne, Australia
One of the city's tallest proposed residential buildings has been given the green light to proceed. The tower at 224–252 La Trobe Street will now head to sales under the…
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Brisbane Skytower Approved for Launch
23 Oct 2014 – Brisbane, Australia
Brisbane’s tallest building, Brisbane Skytower, has been given the green light, with the AUS $1 billion (US $878 million) project set to rise 270 meters over the central…
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Irwinconsult’s Modular Soho Apartments Complete in Darwin
22 Oct 2014 – Darwin, Australia
A 28-floor high-rise by Irwinconsult, Soho Apartments, has recently completed in the Australian city of Darwin. The high-rise features a seven-floor podium supporting 21…
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The Curtain Will Rise in Sydney
25 Sep 2014 – Sydney, Australia
The new Curtain apartment building has just been approved at Wolli Creek near Sydney Airport. The 200-apartment building is located at the waterfront and has panoramic…
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A New Shape-Shifter Planned for Sydney
24 Sep 2014 – Sydney, Australia
Due to begin construction in 2018, the 49-story Quay Quarter Tower will rise 200 meters and comprise 102,000 square meters of office space in close proximity to the…
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Perth Apartment Tower Planned for Northbridge
15 Sep 2014 – Perth, Australia
An apartment skyscraper is being planned for the Perth suburb of Northbridge as part of a high-rise building boom. Plans are due to be submitted and, if approved, it will…
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Planning Applications Have Been Submitted for Melbourne’s 63 Exhibition Street
12 Sep 2014 – Melbourne, Australia
Planning applications have been submitted for 63 Exhibition Street, giving a closer look at the form and height of the proposed skyscraper. Upon completion, 468…
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Melbourne Bends “Sacrosanct” Tower Rules for 455 Collins Street
11 Sep 2014 – Melbourne, Australia
The developer of 455 Collins Street will give the city 1,900 square meters of prime land in exchange for council support for the tower, which will overshadow Queensbridge…
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Air Plant Experiment Happening Atop Melbourne’s Eureka Tower
10 Sep 2014 – Melbourne, Australia
A biological experiment that aims to measure the viability of air plants at skyscraper heights is taking place atop Melbourne’s Eureka Tower. The experiment will measure…
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Mixed-Use Sydney High-Rise to Feature Cascading Terraces
5 Sep 2014 – Sydney, Australia
Positioned at the heart of Sydney’s central business district, Grimshaw Architects has been selected to construct 333 George Street, an 18-story mixed-use building…
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Elenberg Fraser-Designed Supertall Up for Approval in Melbourne
4 Sep 2014 – Melbourne, Australia
A Singaporean developer has met with Planning Minister Guy in a bid to get its new 90-level tower approved. The tower would feature a curvilinear facade, almost 1,000…
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Futuristic Towers Planned for ABC Studio Site in Brisbane
3 Sep 2014 – Brisbane, Australia
A trio of residential towers is set to rise from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)’s abandoned studio complex in the Brisbane suburb of Toowong, putting…
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Elenberg Fraser Reveals Design for Victoria One in Melbourne
2 Sep 2014 – Melbourne, Australia
Elenberg Fraser Architects have revealed designs for what is slated to be Melbourne’s tallest residential tower. The project seeks to reinvent the natural landscape of…
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Yarra’s Edge Forges Ahead in Melbourne
28 Aug 2014 – Melbourne, Australia
Stage 1 of Wharf's Entrance on the Yarra River comprises a 30-story tower - named Forge - consisting of 228 apartments, as well as 11 luxury riverfront homes, known as…
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Aspire’s Aspirations Abated by Aviation Authorities in Sydney Area
26 Aug 2014 – Parramatta, Australia
The intervention by Australian aviation authorities to reduce Parramatta’s proposed Aspire tower by up to 30 stories could be replicated across all of Sydney, says the…
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Developer Set to Deliver Pink Tower in Melbourne
25 Aug 2014 – Melbourne, Australia
A taller, grander residential project has been put forward in an amendment to an existing planning permit for 54-64 A'Beckett Street in Melbourne, a pinkish-red tower…

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Melbourne Southbank to Get a Superslim
20 Dec 2013 – Melbourne, Australia
Melbourne appears set to join the elite club of cities with “superslim” residential towers, as a 73-story, 256-unit building has been greenlighted for the city’s…
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Sydney's Next Tallest Expected to Sell Out
13 Dec 2013 – Sydney, Australia
On its very first weekend of sales, more than $AUS 275 million ($US 245 million) of apartments were sold in the 68-story, 252-meter Greenland Center, leading its…
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Regency Tower Revived
11 Dec 2013 – Wollongong, Australia
Once-shelved plans for the tallest building in the Australian city of Wollongong have been revived, according to local news reports. The Regency Tower would rise 25…
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New Skyscraper May Surpass Melbourne’s Tallest
9 Dec 2013 – Melbourne, Australia
The Far East Consortium has proposed constructing a four-tower complex at 250 Spencer Street in the center of Melbourne. The site was recently purchased from ISPT, which…
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Approval Obtained for 256-260 City Road Project
14 Nov 2013 – Melbourne, Australia
Melbourne Planning Minister Matthew Guy has reportedly granted approval for the skyscraper project at 256-260 City Road. The 61-story tower, designed by Australian firm…
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Approval Granted for Canberra's Tallest
8 Nov 2013 – Canberra, Australia
Planning approval has been granted for Canberra's tallest residential building. The 27-story residential complex and adjoining hotel will be built by the GEOCON Group on…
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RSH+P Completes Cross-Braced Building in Sydney CBD
1 Nov 2013 – Sydney, Australia
London firm Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners has completed a 34-story office tower in Sydney with criss-crossing red braces on its sides and an elevated terrace cutting…
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York&George Approval Launches Project
29 Oct 2013 – Sydney, Australia
The 39-story AU$90 million (US$85.5 million) mixed-use commercial, retail and residential project York & George has been granted development approval. Situated on Sydney'…
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Leighton Launches Latest Tower
20 Aug 2013 – Sydney, Australia
Leighton Properties has announced the development of North Sydney's first new commercial building in six years. The 30-story, AU$400 million (US$363 million) development…
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Building Boom May Come to Footscray
14 Aug 2013 – Melbourne, Australia
Melbourne Planning Minister Matthew Guy is pushing a code alteration to allow towers as tall as 25 stories in the Melbourne suburb of Footscray. The zoning change could…
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Digital Harbour to Build Hotel Complex in the Docklands
9 Aug 2013 – Melbourne, Australia
Planning Minister Matthew Guy has granted approval to build a $130 million hotel and residential complex on one of the few remaining undeveloped spots in the northern end…
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Sydney Hotel Proposal Condensed From Two to One
8 Aug 2013 – Sydney, Australia
Developers of a luxury hotel complex at Darling Harbour have erased one high-rise from the plans after complaints that the previous two-tower design blocked views and…
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CTBUH Leader Supports Skyscraper Community
8 Aug 2013 – Melbourne, Australia
Sourceable has published an interview with CTBUH City Representative Melbourne Matthew Gaal titled "Skyscraper Ambitions: No Ego, Just Purpose." Aided by global tall…
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Sydney Plans New Harbor Community
18 Jul 2013 – Sydney, Australia
The city of Sydney is planning a new waterfront suburb of as many as 2,500 apartments, to be built on contaminated reclaimed mudflats. Apartment towers ranging from four…
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Redesigning Sydney's Rail Yards
12 Jul 2013 – Sydney, Australia
The New South Wales (NSW) government has called for international companies to help redevelop the space over Sydney's Central station, inner-city rail lines and adjacent…
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Two Supertalls Squashed in Melbourne
11 Jul 2013 – Melbourne, Australia
Plans to build what may have been the southern hemisphere's tallest skyscraper in Melbourne have been abandoned. Fender Katsalidis Architects has confirmed it is…
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Sydney Scales Back Darling Harbour
25 Jun 2013 – Sydney, Australia
A series of towers as tall as 40 stories and a major town square have been proposed to revamp Sydney's Haymarket as part of a AU$2.5 billion revival of Darling Harbour.…
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Gold Coast Buildings May Harbor Degraded Concrete
24 Jun 2013 – Gold Coast, Australia
Griffith University's Head of Architecture, Professor Gordon Holden, has expressed concerns that many of Gold Coast's most iconic high-rises may be suffering from "…
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Brookfield Launches Latest Australian Tower Project
19 Jun 2013 – Perth, Australia
Brookfield Office Properties has launched the final piece of its Brookfield Place on St. Georges Terrace in Perth. The company announced immediate plans to build a second…
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Melbourne Encourages Including Schools in High-rises
11 Jun 2013 – Melbourne, Australia
Melbourne-based developer HWD Australia has proposed a tower which could be 30-stories tall, as long as the plans include a AU$20 million three-story public school. The…

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Brisbane Government Launches Tower Project
21 Dec 2012 – Brisbane, Australia
The Queensland Government has confirmed that Cbus Property will build its AU$653 million (US$681 million) skyscraper in Brisbane's CBD. Construction will start early next…
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One Bligh Street Receives Another Award
30 Nov 2012 – Sydney, Australia
The CTBUH 2012 Best Tall Building in Asia & Australasia, 1 Bligh Street, has received ‘The International High-rise Award 2012’ from the Deutsches Architekturmuseum. The…
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Developer Plans Adelaide's Future Tallest
29 Nov 2012 – Adelaide, Australia
Australian developer Datong and Pruszinski Architects have updated the design of Adelaide's future tallest building. The height of the 39-story mixed-use 123 Flinders…
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Australia 108 to Employ Prefabricated Structure
27 Nov 2012 – Melbourne, Australia
The Southern Hemisphere's future tallest building, Australia 108, will include prefabricated elements in an attempt to slash construction time. The project will employ a…
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Melbourne's Tall Building Boom
20 Nov 2012 – Melbourne, Australia
Melbourne, Australia’s second largest city, is in the midst of a tall building boom. Most of the projects are residential, as the central business district extends into…
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Top Firms Compete to Redevelop Australia Site
30 Oct 2012 – Barangaroo, Australia
Five international architecture firms, including Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) and Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM), are vying for the chance to provide master planning…
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Gold Coast's Soul High-rise in Receivership
26 Oct 2012 – Gold Coast, Australia
The Soul Tower on the Gold Coast of Australia has been placed into receivership. Pricewaterhouse Coopers were appointed on Thursday as the receivers and managers of the…
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Australian School Considers Selling Property for High-Rise Project
18 Oct 2012 – New South Wales, Australia
The Ultimo Public School in New South Wales has been asked to consider selling its property to make way for a mixed-use high-rise development. The new development would…
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Developers Upset Ministers by Selling Without a Permit
17 Oct 2012 – Melbourne, Australia
The Singapore-based developers of the proposed Tower Melbourne have raised concerns after they started selling apartment units, even though they have not yet obtained…
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Documentary Chronicles the Ascent of 1 Bligh Street
10 Oct 2012 – Sydney, Australia
Photography and communications firm Hyatt and Associates has produced a 53-minute documentary on the 1 Bligh Street Office Tower, the winner of the 2012 CTBUH Best Tall…

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Bid to Save New Zealand’s First Skyscraper in Auckland
19 Nov 2014 – Auckland, New Zealand
Plans to save or demolish New Zealand's first skyscraper, the Civic Building on Aotea Square, have been outlined to councilors and the media. The Auckland Development…
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Groundbreaking Held for Twin Residential Towers in Jakarta
12 Sep 2014 – Jakarta, Indonesia
Construction has begun on the Verde II residential towers in Jakarta, designed by Johnson Fain. The two towers are both anchored by separate Residents’ Lounges and the…
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Sky Tower Lights Up for Charity
21 Mar 2014 – Auckland, New Zealand
As a sign of support for the Child Cancer Foundation, Auckland’s 328-meter Sky Tower is lit in various colors, each representing a bead of courage a child is presented…
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Auckland's Tallest Skyscraper Plans are Modified for Wind
11 Mar 2014 – Auckland, New Zealand
The design for NDG Auckland Centre has been blasted by the city council over fears of downdrafts assaulting pedestrians on the street in front of the 209-meter tower,…
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Auckland Announces Proposed Tallest Skyscraper
13 Feb 2014 – Auckland, New Zealand
Mayor Len Brown welcomed Shanghai-based New Development Group’s $350 million proposal for the 209-meter NDG Auckland Centre, which anticipates the title of “Auckland’s…
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Auckland High-Rise Brings Public Street to the Sky
16 Jan 2014 – Auckland, New Zealand
A thoroughfare running through an apartment complex will open public airspace in Auckland, New Zealand. The high-rise has nearly sold out to buyers attracted to the blend…
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Crown Hotel Sydney Announces Design Winner
16 May 2013 – Sydney, Australia
Wilkinson Eyre Architects has won the bid to design the new Crown Hotel in Sydney as part of a larger $6 billion Barangaroo Redevelopment Master Plan. The organic design…

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CTBUH Resources on Australia

CTBUH Australia's Design Excellence with Ray Brown, Architectus

23 Jul 2014 – CTBUH Leader Presentations & Meetings
Ray Brown, Architectus

CTBUH Australia's Design Excellence: Introduction

23 Jul 2014 – CTBUH Leader Presentations & Meetings
Ken Maher, HASSELL

CTBUH Australia's Design Excellence: Q & A

23 Jul 2014 – CTBUH Leader Presentations & Meetings
Ray Brown, Architectus; Craig Baudin, FKA; Phillip Rossington, BVN Donovan Hill;; Ken McBryde, Hassell; and Manuelle Schelp, Schelp Studios representing GMP

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Achieving a Six-Star Rated Tall Building in Sydney’s Central Business District

Nov 2014 – CTBUH Journal, 2014 Issue IV
Lester Partridge, AECOM Building Engineering

Case Study: One Central Park, Sydney

6 Nov 2014 – CTBUH Journal, 2014 Issue IV
Jean Nouvel & Bertram Beissel, Ateliers Jean Nouvel

Green Walls in High-Rise Buildings

Sep 2014 – CTBUH Journal, 2014 Issue III
CTBUH Research

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Australia Related Videos

CTBUH Australia's Design Excellence with Ray Brown, Architectus
23 Jul 2014 – CTBUH Leader Presentations & Meetings; Ray Brown, Architectus
Leading architect Ray Brown, the Managing Director of Architectus, presents Architectus' scheme for the Greenland Centre – a building that will be the tallest residential building in Sydney once complete. This is part one of five schemes presented at…
CTBUH Australia's Design Excellence: Introduction
23 Jul 2014 – CTBUH Leader Presentations & Meetings; Ken Maher, HASSELL
Leading architect Ken Maher from Hassell introduces CTBUH Australia Sydney Chapter's second event on exploring Design Excellence, hosted at Hassell Studios. This event has five architects presenting their schemes for the Greenland Centre – a building…
CTBUH Australia's Design Excellence: Q & A
23 Jul 2014 – CTBUH Leader Presentations & Meetings; Ray Brown, Architectus; Craig Baudin, FKA; Phillip Rossington, BVN Donovan Hill;; Ken McBryde, Hassell; and Manuelle Schelp, Schelp Studios representing GMP
On July 23rd, 2014, the Australian CTBUH Sydney Chapter hosted its second successful event exploring Design Excellence at Hassell Studios in Sydney with five leading architects presenting their schemes for the Greenland Centre – a building that will…
CTBUH Australia's Design Excellence with Phillip Rossington, BVN
23 Jul 2014 – CTBUH Leader Presentations & Meetings; Phillip Rossington, BVN Donovan Hill
Leading architect Phillip Rossington, Principal of BVN Donovan Hill, presents BVN's scheme for the Greenland Centre – a building that will be the tallest residential building in Sydney once complete. This is part three of five schemes presented at…
CTBUH Australia's Design Excellence with Manuelle Schelp, Studio Schelp
23 Jul 2014 – CTBUH Leader Presentations & Meetings; Manuelle Schelp, Studio Schelp
Leading architect Manuelle Schelp of Studio Schelp, presents representing GMP, the scheme for the Greenland Centre – a building that will be the tallest residential building in Sydney once complete. This is part five of five schemes presented at…
CTBUH Australia's Design Excellence with Craig Baudin, FKA
23 Jul 2014 – CTBUH Leader Presentations & Meetings; Craig Baudin, Fender Katsalidis Architects
Leading architect Craig Baudin, Director of Architecture of FKA, presents FKA's scheme for the Greenland Centre – a building that will be the tallest residential building in Sydney once complete. This is part two of five schemes presented at CTBUH…
CTBUH Australia's Design Excellence with Ken McBryde, Hassell
23 Jul 2014 – CTBUH Leader Presentations & Meetings; Ken McBryde, Hassell
Leading architect Ken McBryde, Principal of Hassell, presents Hassell's scheme for the Greenland Centre – a building that will be the tallest residential building in Sydney once complete. This is part four of five schemes presented at CTBUH Australia…
Why I am in Love with High-Rises
12 Jun 2013 – Presentation at CTBUH 2013 London Conference; Christoph Ingenhoven, ingenhoven architects
Christoph Ingenhoven presents his point of view regarding the necessity of high-rises in cities. He discusses a wide range of built projects, including one of the first ecological high-rises, the RWE Tower in the center of Essen as well as 1 Bligh,…
Best Tall Building Asia & Australasia: 1 Bligh Street: Engaging the Environment
18 Oct 2012 – CTBUH "11th Annual Awards"; Bruce McDonald, DEXUS Property Group; Christoph Ingenhoven, ingenhoven architects
Sydney’s central business district was transformed by 1 Bligh Street’s elliptical tower, which offers tenants several ground-breaking technological advances. The centerpiece is Australia’s tallest naturally ventilated skylit atrium, which soars the…
Interview: 1 Bligh Street
18 Oct 2012 – 2012 Awards Ceremony/Symposium Interviews; Bruce McDonald, DEXUS Property Group; Christoph Ingenhoven, ingenhoven architects
Bruce McDonald and Christoph Ingenhoven discuss the 12-year journey to make the 1 Bligh Street project a reality, as well as the details of the Best Tall Building Asia & Australasia. In this interview from the 2012 Awards Symposium, the two…
Retrofit and Refurbishment of Existing Tall Buildings
19 Sep 2012 – Presentation at CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Paul Sloman, Arup
Existing buildings are a city’s heritage, skyline, and contribute to its distinct character. They also represent a considerable spent investment in terms of both material and energy. The majority of these buildings are not capable of meeting the…
ACTBUH Brett Taylor CTBUH Fellow presentation
11 Nov 2011 – CTBUH Leader Presentations & Meetings; William Maibusch, Country Representative of Qatar
Following the November 11th breakfast meeting of the Australian CTBUH, William Maibusch, CTBUH Trustee and Country Representative of Qatar, updated the audience on the current status and activities of the Council, and presented Brett Taylor with his…
Tall, Green and Sub-Tropical
Oct 2011 – Presentation at CTBUH 2011 Seoul Conference; Philip Vivian, Bates Smart
Designed by Bates Smart 111+222 is a mixed-use development in Brisbane consisting of a 36 level 45,000sqm commercial office building, and a 92 level five star hotel and residential tower. A structurally efficient geometry based on an equilateral…
Urban Futures: Green or Grey?
11 Nov 2008 – CTBUH Leader Presentations & Meetings; Antony Wood, CTBUH
Antony Wood, CTBUH Executive Director, gives a presentation on the aesthetics of tall buildings and sustainability to the Australian Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat at a Breakfast Seminar in Brisbane, Australia. This presentation outlines…
The Seismic Design of High-Rise Buildings
1 Aug 2008 – CTBUH Leader Presentations & Meetings; Andrew Whittaker, University of Buffalo
As part of the CTBUH Seismic Design Working Group World Tour, Andrew Whittaker, co-author of the 'CTBUH Recommendations for the Seismic Design of High-Rise Buildings' presents the working group’s findings to the Brisbane building community at a…
Greening Your Skyscraper
3 Mar 2008 – Presentation at CTBUH 2008 8th World Congress, Dubai; Lester Partridge & Eoin Loughnane, AECOM / Bassett
Lester Partridge, AECOM outlined the strategies and design processes undertaken for refurbishing a 30 storey building at the CTBUH 8th World Congress in Dubai. The building, located in Sydney's CBD, was originally constructed in 1976 and consists of…

Australia Related Papers/Research

Achieving a Six-Star Rated Tall Building in Sydney’s Central Business District
Nov 2014 – CTBUH Journal, 2014 Issue IV; Lester Partridge, AECOM Building Engineering
The ANZ Tower in central Sydney not only represents the commercial office sector’s recovery from the 2008 financial crisis; it is also a strong example of a high-performance tall building. This was the culmination of an ongoing partnership from the…
Case Study: One Central Park, Sydney
6 Nov 2014 – CTBUH Journal, 2014 Issue IV; Jean Nouvel & Bertram Beissel, Ateliers Jean Nouvel
One Central Park was developed as a response to growing demand for residential accommodation in downtown Sydney. Its developers and designers used the opportunity to make a powerful and visible green statement with a tall building that is…
Green Walls in High-Rise Buildings
Sep 2014 – CTBUH Journal, 2014 Issue III; CTBUH Research
The latest CTBUH technical guide, Green Walls in High-Rise Buildings, provides a thorough investigation of the methods used around the world for implementation of vertical vegetation at height. In commemoration of the release of this important guide…
Tall and Urban: An Analysis of Global Population and Tall Buildings
Apr 2011 – CTBUH Journal, 2011 Issue II; CTBUH Research
Tall buildings are spreading across the globe at an ever-increasing rate. This study demonstrates the relationship between population and tall buildings across those countries and presents information on the average height and age of each country’s…
Can Tall Buildings be Child-Friendly? The Vertical Living Kids Research Project
Nov 2010 – CTBUH Journal, 2010 Issue IV; Carolyn Whitzman, University of Melbourne
With the emergence of new high-rise residential developments occurring in tandem with economic restructuring and changing household demographics. The Vertical Living Kids Research Project is sparked by a decline in children's independent mobility.
The Vertical Garden City: Towards a New Urban Topology
May 2010 – CTBUH Journal, 2010 Issue II; Chris Abel, University of Sydney
The author reviews recent innovations in high-rise architecture in search of relevant solutions but finds them still limited by conventional urban typologies. The work of the author's Vertical Architecture STudio © (VAST) is illustrated by selected…
Death of the Great Australian Dream
Apr 2009 – Architectural Review Australia April 2009; Chris Abel, Architectural Writer & Teacher
The Great Australian Dream of the detached house in the suburbs has deep roots in the Australian psyche; however, the catastrophic effects of which call into question Australians’ most cherished values and myths regarding the location and shape of…
Sustainable Groundscrapers and Megaplate Towers
Mar 2008 – CTBUH 2008 8th World Congress, Dubai; Rocco Bressi & Darren Kindrachuk, Lend Lease Design
This paper explores the influence of property market aspirations and sustainability issues upon workplace environments influencing office buildings in Australia. Emerging trends and influences are shifting the traditional demand for high-rise office…
The Race for the Sky: Unbuilt Skyscrapers
Feb 2008 – CTBUH Journal, 2008 Issue I; Mohamad Kashef, East Carolina University
Unbuilt skyscraper designs are noted by many architecture critics as the best in the genre of tall buildings. This paper provides an exposition of various iconic and “unbuilt” skyscraper design proposals that have inspired architects and engineers to…
Advances in the Structural Design of High-Rise Residential Buildings in Australia
Oct 2007 – CTBUH 2005 7th World Congress, New York; Owen Martin, Connell Mott MacDonald
This paper examines developments in the structural design of high rise concrete residential buildings in Australia’s two major cities, Sydney and Melbourne. Reference is made to four projects where the use of reinforced and post tensioned outriggers…
Tallest Buildings Completed in 2006
Dec 2006 – CTBUH Research
Nina Tower 1 in Hong Kong, at 319 meters high, leads the list of the ten tallest buildings completed in 2006. The Sports City Tower/Aspire Tower (Doha, United Arab Emirates) at 300 meters, and Eureka Tower (Melbourne, Australia), at 296 meters, were…
Two Examples of Urban Renewal: Melbourne and Coolangatta, Australia
Oct 2005 – CTBUH 2005 7th World Congress, New York; Omiros Emmanouilides, Omiros One Architecture
The proposed paper will examine and compare two recent and totally different examples of urban renewal in these two Australian cities. The area to be examined in Melbourne is the recently completed Docklands area, and in Coolangatta the new foreshore…
126 Phillip Street, Sydney
Oct 2005 – CTBUH 2005 7th World Congress, New York; Rocco Bressi, Bovis Lend Lease
126 Phillip Street is a super premium office tower containing 31 commercial levels, newly completed on the corner of Phillip and Hunter streets in Sydney. With 462,850 square feet (43,000 square meters) of office space, it has commanding and…
Too Little, Too Late?
Mar 2005 – Architectural Review Australia. 2005.; Chris Abel, University of Sydney
Chris Abel writes for the Architectural Review Australia on the idealization to the detached, single-family home.
Structural Design of the 84 Storey World Tower in Sydney
Oct 2004 – CTBUH 2004 Seoul Conference; Owen Martin & Nalean Lal, Connell Mott MacDonald
Completed in June 2003, Sydney's 84 storey 260m high World Tower is the tallest building in Australia. The structural engineering design represents an example of innovative structural engineering and technically advanced use of reinforced concrete.…
Design of Structures for Fire in the Australian Regulatory Environment and the Impact of the WTC Collapse
Oct 2003 – CTBUH 2003 Kuala Lumpur Conference; David Proe, Peter Johnson & Richard Hough, ARUP
This paper summarizes the regulations and design methods applicable to the fire design of high-rise structures in Australia and discusses the effect of the WTC collapse on the building design and development community in Australia.
An Assessment of Australian Preparedness for Tall Building Usage in a New Risk Regime
Oct 2003 – CTBUH 2003 Kuala Lumpur Conference; Alan P. Jeary, University of Western Sydney
This paper is an assessment of the current state of readiness of Australia to combat terrorist attacks on large occupancy buildings has been assessed in terms of the criteria considered to be key safety issues by the international working group…
Tall Buildings in Melbourne: Challenging Policy Frameworks
Feb 2001 – CTBUH 2001 6th World Congress, Melbourne; Lyndsay Neilson, Nielsen Associates
This paper provides a brief overview of the history of tall buildings in Melbourne, Australia, and discusses the policy context within which they have developed through various phases.
Tall Building Design Innovations in Australia
Feb 2001 – CTBUH 2001 6th World Congress, Melbourne; Brian Dean, Owen Martin, David Emery & Peter Chancellor
This paper describes three examples of innovative tall building designs undertaken by the authors' firm in Australasia. These involve the design of building structures up to 88-sotreys and as a mulch-discipline group, the firm's innovations have…
Recent Applications of Damping Systems for Wind Response
Feb 2001 – CTBUH 2001 6th World Congress, Melbourne; Peter Irwin & Brian Breukelman, RWDI
A traditional solution to the problem of excessive motion of tall buildings under wind action is to add more structure so as to stiffen the building and increase the mass. However, another approach is to supplement the damping of the structure. Some…
Analysis and Model Techniques for Determining Dynamic Behaviour of Civil Structures with Various Damping Systems
Feb 2001 – CTBUH 2001 6th World Congress, Melbourne; B. Breukelman, T. Haskett, S. Gamble, & P. Irwin, RWDI
Controlling vibrations of structures through the use of damping systems continues to increase as structures become lighter and more slender. As a result, the tools used for design of these supplemental damping systems need to take into account the…
A Third Millennium City Prototype – Melbourne Docklands
Feb 2001 – CTBUH 2001 6th World Congress, Melbourne; John Tabart, Barangaroo Delivery Authority
This paper introduces the theme of ‘New Cities’ applied in the design process for Melbourne Docklands –Victoria’s new waterfront, a 220–hectare waterfront precinct at the centre of Australia’s second largest city. The features presented of the…

Featured Tall Buildings in Australia

Q1 Tower

Q1 Tower, Gold Coast

The first supertall building in the southern hemisphere, Q1 also held the title of tallest residential building from it's completion in 2005 until 2011.

1 Bligh Street

1 Bligh Street, Sydney

While not the tallest building on Sydney’s skyline, 1 Bligh Street stands out for its many sustainability features, including a double-skin curtain wall.

Eureka Tower

Eureka Tower, Melbourne

The Eureka Skydeck 88 observation deck provides stunning views of Melbourne from atop, at the time of completion, the city's tallest building.

Australia Facts

Population 21,507,717 (2011)
Area 7,692,024 km² • 2,969,890 mi²
GDP $998.27 billion (2013)
150m+ Buildings 79 Completed17 Under Construction
300m+ Buildings 1 Completed
Tallest City Sydney
Global Ranking #6 in the world by no. of 150m+ completed buildings
Regional Ranking #1 in Oceania by no. of 150m+ completed buildings
First 150m+ Building Australia Square Tower (170 m, 1967)
Average Building Age 16 Years
Most Common Function Office (53%)
Most Common Material Concrete (79%)

All building-related facts are for 150m+ buildings.

Tall Buildings in Australia