Melbourne Facts

Population 4,246,345 (2013)
Area 9,990 km² • 3,857 mi²
150m+ Buildings 40 Completed13 Under Constr.
300m+ Buildings None • 1 Under Constr.
Tallest Building Eureka Tower (297 m)
Global Ranking #26 in the world by no. of 150m+ completed buildings
Regional Ranking #1 in Oceania by no. of 150m+ completed buildings
Country Ranking #1 in Australia by no. of 150m+ completed buildings
First 150m+ Building 140 William Street (1972)
Average Building Age 16 years
Most Common Function Residential, 40%
Most Common Material Concrete, 80%

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

Buildings See All Buildings in City

1   Australia 108 2020 317 m
2   Eureka Tower 2006 297 m
3   Aurora Melbourne Central 2019 270 m
4   120 Collins Street 1991 265 m
5   101 Collins Street 1991 260 m
6   Prima Pearl Apartments 2014 254 m
7   Rialto Towers 1986 251 m
8   Premier Tower 2020 249 m
9   Victoria One 2018 246 m
10   Swanston Central 2019 237 m
  Completed   Arch. Topped Out   Struct. Topped Out   Under Constr.
1   One Queensbridge - 324 m
2   21-35 Power Avenue, Southbank - 280 m
3   West Side Place Tower A 2022 269 m
4   350 Queen Street Tower 2 - 249 m
5   350 Queen Street Tower 1 - 246 m
6   West Side Place Tower D 2022 245 m
7   Elysium 2019 244 m
8   383 La Trobe Street - 242 m
9   West Side Place Tower C 2022 235 m
10   640 Bourke Street - 234 m
1   One Queensbridge - 324 m
2   Australia 108 2020 317 m
3   Eureka Tower 2006 297 m
4   21-35 Power Avenue, Southbank - 280 m
5   Aurora Melbourne Central 2019 270 m
6   West Side Place Tower A 2022 269 m
7   120 Collins Street 1991 265 m
8   101 Collins Street 1991 260 m
9   Prima Pearl Apartments 2014 254 m
10   Rialto Towers 1986 251 m
  Completed   Under Constr.   Proposed

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CTBUH Initiatives

CTBUH 2017 Sydney Conference
30 Oct-3 Nov 2017 – Conference

CTBUH UH/UD 2017 Global Walking Tour
14 Jun-7 Jul 2017 – Event Invite

2017 Global Walking Tours: The Space Within Tall Buildings
21 Jun-7 Jul 2017 – Tour Report

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CTBUH Initiatives Related to Melbourne

CTBUH 2017 Sydney Conference
30 Oct-3 Nov 2017, Sydney – Conference
We have a responsibility to ensure that permanent urban structures engender a future-oriented urban response to the greatest challenges of our time.
2017 Global Walking Tours: The Space Within Tall Buildings
21 Jun-7 Jul 2017 – Tour Report
The CTBUH Urban Habitat / Urban Design Committee organized its fourth annual Global Walking Tours, which took place in 15 cities around the world.
Tall Timber: A Global Audit
26 Jun 2017, Chicago – CTBUH Research
The CTBUH has produced its latest Tall Buildings in Numbers research study, entitled "Tall Timber: A Global Audit."
Executive Director Visits Sydney and Melbourne
6-10 Mar 2017, Sydney – Event Report
CTBUH Executive Director Antony Wood traveled to Sydney and Melbourne to build support for the 2017 conference through meetings and lectures.
CTBUH Executive Director Presents at Chapter Events in Australia
7-9 Mar 2017, Sydney – Event Report
Executive Director Antony Wood delivered two well attended lectures in Sydney and Melbourne, organized by the respective local CTBUH committees.
CTBUH 'UH'PDATE October 2016
4 Oct 2016, Toronto – CTBUH News
The fourth issue of CTBUH 'UH'PDATE provides information on some of the early events and studies of the Urban Habitat / Urban Design Committee.
Global Twilight Walking Tours
25 Aug 2016, Chicago – Tour Report
The CTBUH UH/UD Committee organized its third annual Global Walking Tours in 13 cities around the world, examining public spaces in a twilight setting.
CTBUH Melbourne Hosts Aviation Discussion
1 Jun 2016, Melbourne – Event Report
CTBUH Melbourne welcomed over 50 industry professionals to a talk on "Aviation Challenges with Building Tall."
Warm Weather Spaces Walking Tours 2015
17 Sep 2015 – Tour Report
The CTBUH Urban Habitat / Urban Design Committee organized guided walking tours of 16 cities around the globe, focusing on urban habitats around tall buildings.
How are Cities Responding to Urbanism?
1 Sep 2015, Brisbane – Event Report
CTBUH Australia held its first national symposium in Brisbane entitled “How are Cities Responding to Urbanism?” where both local and international speakers presented.
Urban Regeneration: Gold Coast Cultural Centre
23 Jul 2015, Melbourne – Event Report
More than 100 people attended an engaging presentation on the design competition for the Gold Coast Cultural Centre as part of the Urban Regeneration series.
Making High-Rise Work
11 Jun 2015, Melbourne – Event Report
On June 11, CTBUH Melbourne hosted their second lecture of 2015 entitled “Making High-Rises* Work,” which attracted nearly 50 industry supporters representing a wide range of expertise.
Green Cities 2015
17-19 Mar 2015, Melbourne – Event
Green Cities 2015 explores the theme Connect – how sustainable cities are connected cites which connect people, places, and opportunities.
CTBUH Australia Packs House for “Superslim” Lecture
5 Mar 2015, Melbourne – Event Report
“Superslims: Collins House and The Phoenix” attracted a full house, representing more than 120 industry supporters.
CTBUH Releases Year in Review: Tall Trends of 2014
Dec 2014 – CTBUH Journal Paper
An All-Time Record 97 Buildings of 200 Meters or Higher Completed in 2014 and 2014 showed further shifts towards Asia, and also surprising developments in building functions and structural materials.
CTBUH Melbourne Committee Hosts Holiday Celebration
4 Dec 2014, Melbourne – Event Report
CTBUH Australia Chapter, Melbourne Committee celebrated its second anniversary by hosting an informal holiday celebration.
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.
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.
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 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…

Global News

Melbourne Bends “Sacrosanct” Tower Rules for 455 Collins Street
11 Sep 2014 – The developer of 455 Collins Street will give the…

Five Permits Granted in One Melbourne 'Super Tuesday'
25 Feb 2014 – Five new residential towers were approved Feb. 25…

Rendering of Suburban Skyscraper Unveiled in Melbourne
17 Feb 2014 – The 114-meter suburban Sovereign Square project…

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Melbourne Bends “Sacrosanct” Tower Rules for 455 Collins Street
11 Sep 2014
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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Five Permits Granted in One Melbourne 'Super Tuesday'
25 Feb 2014
Five new residential towers were approved Feb. 25 in the booming central business district of Melbourne, which is an unprecedented amount, according to Planning Minister…
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Rendering of Suburban Skyscraper Unveiled in Melbourne
17 Feb 2014
The 114-meter suburban Sovereign Square project, revealed by The Buchan Group, is based on a metro station-adjacent, transit-oriented plan that encourages pedestrians to…
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Another Super-Skinny Tower Slinks Into Melbourne
3 Feb 2014
The tall-building transformation continues in Melbourne with the nearing completion of a waifish residential tower, The Phoenix, which stands at 89 meters tall and only…
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Australia 108 is Back Under New Owners, and a Little Shorter
24 Jan 2014
Australia 108 has emerged from a redesign, shorter than originally planned, but still tall enough to eclipse Melbourne’s current tallest building, 297-meter Eureka Tower…
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Melbourne Southbank to Get a Superslim
20 Dec 2013
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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New Skyscraper May Surpass Melbourne’s Tallest
9 Dec 2013
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 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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Digital Harbour to Build Hotel Complex in the Docklands
9 Aug 2013
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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CTBUH Leader Supports Skyscraper Community
8 Aug 2013
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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Melbourne Encourages Including Schools in High-rises
11 Jun 2013
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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Melbourne in Uproar Over Possible Supertall Tower
23 Apr 2013
Melbourne Planning Minister Matthew Guy is planning to ease height restrictions that prohibit building shadows on the Yarra River in order to allow a massive skyscraper.…
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Australia 108 Gets Nod from Melbourne Planning Minister
19 Mar 2013
The proposed 388-meter, 108-story Australia 108 tower has been given the green light by the Melbourne Planning Minister, Matthew Guy, MP, according to radio station 3AW…
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Six Tower Redevelopment Plan Approved
30 Jan 2013
Victorian planning minister Matthew Guy has approved an AU$800 million redevelopment of the former Age newspaper headquarters at 250 Spencer Street. The proposal seeks to…
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Controversial Tower in Melbourne Receives Approval
22 Jan 2013
Melbourne's Planning Minister Matthew Guy has secured approval for a tall residential tower in the city's bourgeoning CBD. The 226-meter (741-foot) Tower Melbourne was…

Videos

Interview: Karl Fender
27 Oct 2015 – Karl Fender, Fender Katsalidis Architects

Urban Regeneration – Gold Coast Cultural Centre: Introduction
23 Jul 2015 – John Flynn, CTBUH Australia Country Representative

Urban Regeneration – Gold Coast Cultural Centre: Tory Jones
23 Jul 2015 – Tory Jones, GCCC

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Interview: Karl Fender
27 Oct 2015 – 2015 New York Conference Interviews; Karl Fender, Fender Katsalidis Architects
Karl Fender of Fender Katsalidis Architects is interviewed by Chris Bentley during the 2015 CTBUH New York Conference at the Grand Hyatt New York. Karl discusses the high…
Urban Regeneration – Gold Coast Cultural Centre: Introduction
23 Jul 2015 – CTBUH Leader Presentations & Meetings; John Flynn, CTBUH Australia Country Representative
John Flynn, CTBUH Australia Country Representative, presents at the second CTBUH Australia Urban Regeneration Seminar on the Gold Coast Cultural Centre.
Urban Regeneration – Gold Coast Cultural Centre: Tory Jones
23 Jul 2015 – CTBUH Leader Presentations & Meetings; Tory Jones, GCCC
Tory Jones, Executive Coordinator Major Projects, GCCC, presents at the second CTBUH Australia Urban Regeneration Seminar her journey with tall buildings on the Gold…
Urban Regeneration – Gold Coast Cultural Centre: Howard Raggatt
23 Jul 2015 – CTBUH Leader Presentations & Meetings; Howard Raggatt, ARM Architecture
Howard Raggatt, Director, ARM Architecture, presents at the second CTBUH Australia Urban Regeneration Seminar on the Gold Coast Cultural Centre and other projects from…
How Vertical Transportation is Helping Transform the Modern City
16 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Glen Pederick, Meinhardt Group
Elevators are the most important service in modern high-rise buildings, occupying more space than any other service. With increasing land and construction costs and the…

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Research Papers

The Future of Skyscrapers in Melbourne: From Hyper-Density to the Uplift Principle
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism

A Case Study on Designing Superslim in Melbourne
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism

The Logic of Rapid Extrusion Produces the “Jumping” Phoenix
Apr 2016 – CTBUH Journal, 2016 Issue II

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The Future of Skyscrapers in Melbourne: From Hyper-Density to the Uplift Principle
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Giorgio Marfella, The University of Melbourne
Melbourne is theater to an ongoing skyscraper boom. Considering the recent projects completed, under construction, approved, or under proposal, the outlook of high-rise…
A Case Study on Designing Superslim in Melbourne
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Kristen Whittle, Bates Smart
Collins House Melbourne, the newest super slim tower to hit the global stage, will be the most slender tower in Australia and the fourth globally. The momentous ultra-…
The Logic of Rapid Extrusion Produces the “Jumping” Phoenix
Apr 2016 – CTBUH Journal, 2016 Issue II; Giorgio Marfella, Steven Richardson & Paulo Vaz-Serra, The University of Melbourne
In inner cities worldwide, there is limited availability of large land parcels apt for high-rise development. Yet, given the seemingly global trend of “superslim”…
Skyscraper Citymaker
26 Oct 2015 – Asia & Australasia: A Selection of Written Works on the World's Tall Building Forefront; Karl Fender, Fender Katsalidis
Tall buildings can amplify the positive physical and symbolic impact on a city. Fender Katsalidis has been at the forefront of high-density, high-rise residential…
Tall Buildings, Operable Facades, Wind, Life Safety – Designing for the Risks
26 Oct 2015 – Global Interchanges: Resurgence of the Skyscraper City; Tom Neudorfl & Ross Murchie, Murchie Consulting
2015 records an unprecedented number of tall and super-tall buildings completed worldwide. Furthermore, residential buildings with operable facades form an increasing…
A “Flight Manual” for Air Plants
Aug 2015 – CTBUH Journal, 2015 Issue III; Lloyd Godman, Ecological Artist; Stuart Jones, Hyder Consulting; Grant Harris, Ironbark Environmental Arboriculture
The green fabric that clothes the earth is fraying. Sadly, through overuse, the garment we depend upon is wearing out. The construction of buildings and urban…
Year in Review: Tall Trends of 2014
Dec 2014 – CTBUH Journal, 2015 Issue I; Daniel Safarik, Antony Wood, Marty Carver & Marshall Gerometta, CTBUH
An All-Time Record 97 Buildings of 200 Meters or Higher Completed in 2014 and 2014 showed further shifts towards Asia, and also surprising developments in building…
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…
Interactions Between Residential and Office Towers in Melbourne
16 Sep 2014 – CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference Proceedings; Giorgio Marfella, University of Melbourne
Cities interact with commercial real estate forces using spatial and construction models which may become more or less viable with time. Melbourne is an interesting case-…
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…
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 “…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…

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