Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat

Australia Related Initiatives

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…
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.
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.
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
1973 Conference in Sydney on Planning and Design of Tall Buildings

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 & Co. Ridley & Co.
ACAD 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

Bates Smart Bates Smart
ARCH INTR URB
Bonacci Group Bonacci Group
CIV ENGO STRC
DBI Design DBI Design
ARCH INTR LAND URB
Irwinconsult Pty. Irwinconsult Pty.
CIV FIRE MEP STRC
Norman Disney & Young Norman Disney & Young
FIRE MEP PROP SEC VERT
Woods Bagot Woods Bagot
ARCH URB

Participant

Altitude Facade Access Consulting Altitude Facade Access Consulting
COST FAC
AMP Capital Investors AMP Capital Investors
FIN OTHR OWN
Architectus Architectus
ARCH INTR URB
BG&E BG&E
CIV ENGO ENVE FAC INSU LEGL STRC TRAN
Elenberg Fraser Elenberg Fraser
ARCH INTR 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
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 in NSW Holds Launch Event

30 Apr 2014, Event Report – The CTBUH in New South Wales, Australia, launched with an evening event at 8…

CTBUH Australia Hosts Emerging Tech Breakfast in Brisbane

5 Mar 2014, Event Report – The first Emerging Technologies Breakfast Seminar" of the CTBUH Australia Chapter,…

Creating Urban Places: Flinders Street Station Competition

Creating Urban Places: Flinders Street Station Competition

14 Nov 2013, Event Report – The final seminar of 2013 series "Creating Urban Places" focused on the HASSELL +…

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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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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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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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CTBUH Australia Representation

Forms of Regional Representation
Roles, Responsibilities, and Benefits

Latest Tall Building News

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…

Auckland's Tallest Skyscraper Plans are Modified for Wind

Auckland's Tallest Skyscraper Plans are Modified for Wind

11 Mar 2014, Auckland – The design for NDG Auckland Centre has been blasted by the city council over fears of…

Auckland Announces Proposed Tallest Skyscraper

Auckland Announces Proposed Tallest Skyscraper

13 Feb 2014, Auckland – Mayor Len Brown welcomed Shanghai-based New Development Group’s $350 million proposal…

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Australia News

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Brisbane’s Vision Tower Set to Begin Development
25 Jul 2014 – Brisbane, Australia
The 90-story Vision Tower, a project that was delayed following the global financial crisis in 2008, will be set to break ground if a development application lodged with…
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Tower 10 Approved for Melbourne’s Docklands Precinct
24 Jul 2014 – Melbourne, Australia
Another Melbourne Docklands building, this time a new AUS $100 million (US $94 million), 30-story building on Yarra’s Edge, has been approved for construction. The tower…
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Crown Sydney Architect Favors Taller Towers
22 Jul 2014 – Sydney, Australia
The award-winning architect designing James Packer’s AUS $2 billion (US $1.9 billion) Barangaroo casino resort believes Sydney’s skyline would benefit from allowing the…
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Construction Begins on 144-Meter Tower in Melbourne
21 Jul 2014 – Melbourne, Australia
Melbourne One, an AUS $120 million (US $113 million) new apartment tower by Doig Architecture, will include a nine-story podium that incorporates the existing heritage-…
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Brookfield Multiplex Completes Green Office High-Rise in Melbourne
18 Jul 2014 – Melbourne, Australia
Construction has been completed on an approximately $384 million 47,000-square-meter mixed-use office building in Melbourne that will feature an impressive variety of…
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Southbank Skyscraper to Soar Over Melbourne
15 Jul 2014 – Melbourne, Australia
A Southbank skyscraper proposed for City Road will soar 270 meters above the West Gate Freeway. The concrete- and metal-clad elliptical building at 334 City Road will…
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Plan to Build New Mega-Tower Angers Melbourne Residents
14 Jul 2014 – Melbourne, Australia
According to The Herald Sun, the Crown casino operator is in talks with a developer to construct a 400-room hotel inside what would be Australia’s second-tallest building…
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Growing Opposition to Collins Street Skyscrapers in Melbourne
2 Jul 2014 – Melbourne, Australia
Councilors took the applicants of two Collins Street buildings to task during the Future Melbourne Committee meeting, reserving particular wrath for a proposed tower that…
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Melbourne Planning Minister Approves Australia 108
26 Jun 2014 – Melbourne, Australia
Melbourne will host the southern hemisphere’s tallest building, with a 100-story apartment tower approved for Southbank. Australia 108 will stand at 319 meters and will…
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Perth Gets Its Own “Mr. Skyscraper”
18 Jun 2014 – Perth, Australia
Perth’s planning minister John Day said it’s time for his city to “grow up.” Ahead of the launch of a blueprint for the province of Western Australia’s future, Day said…
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Melbourne Neighborhoods “Lock Out” High-Rise Development
17 Jun 2014 – Melbourne, Australia
Swaths of Melbourne's richest suburbs have been “locked up.” and high-rise development largely banned, after Planning Minister Matthew Guy approved new residential zones…
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Make Wins Sydney Central Redo Job
12 Jun 2014 – Sydney, Australia
Make Architects beats SOM, Grimshaw, Australian outfit Bates Smart and Germany’s ingenhoven architects in an international competition to regenerate the area around…
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Thirteen High-Rise Proposals Over Melbourne’s Limit
11 Jun 2014 – Melbourne, Australia
Most of the 13 high-rise applications made by developers to Melbourne’s Planning Minister Matthew Guy for the redevelopment of Fishermans Bend are too high for, or do not…
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New 52-Story Mixed-Use Tower for Melbourne
29 May 2014 – Melbourne, Australia
Squillace Architects has designed a 52-floor, AUS$280 million mixed use development for Melbourne’s Southbank district. The Platinum tower is to be ready for occupancy in…
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Stacked Geometries Create Playful Atmosphere for Wollongong Development
16 May 2014 – Wollongong, Australia
Wollongong is set to see the development of a Spark Architects-designed project known as the Bass and Flinders Gateway. The mixed-use facility will have 300 residential…
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Imagining the Sydney Skyline of 2050
2 May 2014 – Sydney, Australia
The Daily Telegraph has published speculative renderings of Sydney’s potential skyline in 2050, produced by three architectural firms for Urban Taskforce Australia. The…
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Melbourne’s Australia 108 Height Reduced
30 Apr 2014 – Melbourne, Australia
Developers have resubmitted shorter plans for Australia 108, after it was determined that the 388-meter tower would violate aviation regulations limiting building heights…
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Brookfield Multiplex “Surfs” Up New Gold Coast Residential High-Rise
28 Apr 2014 – Gold Coast, Australia
As an answer to increasing demands for residential properties in the Gold Coast area, Brookfield Multiplex has secured the building contract for Rhapsody Surfer's North,…
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Aria Adds Another Tower to South Brisbane Plan
24 Apr 2014 – Brisbane, Australia
Property developer Aria continues its reign over residential development in South Brisbane with its recent application to develop a seventh apartment building in the area…
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Future Cloudy for New Zealand’s First Skyscraper
16 Apr 2014 – Auckland, New Zealand
The city council is vacating its current headquarters at the Auckland Council Civil Administration Building, leaving the future of the 71-meter building in jeopardy.…

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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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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

Why I am in Love with High-Rises

12 Jun 2013 – CTBUH 2013 London Conference
Christoph Ingenhoven, ingenhoven architects

Interview: 1 Bligh Street

18 Oct 2012 – 2012 Awards Ceremony/Symposium Interviews
Bruce McDonald, DEXUS Property Group; Christoph Ingenhoven, ingenhoven architects

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

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Tall and Urban: An Analysis of Global Population and Tall Buildings

Apr 2011 – CTBUH Journal, 2011 Issue II
CTBUH Research

Can Tall Buildings be Child-Friendly? The Vertical Living Kids Research Project

Nov 2010 – CTBUH Journal, 2010 Issue IV
Carolyn Whitzman, University of Melbourne

The Vertical Garden City: Towards a New Urban Topology

May 2010 – CTBUH Journal, 2010 Issue II
Chris Abel, University of Sydney

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Australia Related Videos

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,…
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…
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…
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

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…
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…
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…

Featured Tall Buildings in Australia

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.

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.

Australia Facts

Population 21,507,717 (2011)
Area 7,692,024 km² • 2,969,890 mi²
GDP $998.27 billion (2013)
150m+ Buildings 77 Completed19 Under Construction
300m+ Buildings 1 Completed
Tallest City Melbourne
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 17 Years
Most Common Function Office (62%)
Most Common Material Concrete (78%)

Tall Buildings in Australia