Albert Tower
Melbourne
Height 93.2 m / 306 ft
Floors 30
Official Name

The current legal building name.

Albert Tower
Other Names

Other names the building has commonly been known as, including former names, common informal names, local names, etc.

at38, 38 Albert Street
Type

CTBUH collects data on two major types of tall structures: 'Buildings' and 'Telecommunications / Observation Towers.' A 'Building' is a structure where at least 50% of the height is occupied by usable floor area. A 'Telecommunications / Observation Tower' is a structure where less than 50% of the structure's height is occupied by usable floor area. Only 'Buildings' are eligible for the CTBUH 'Tallest Buildings' lists.

Building
Status
Completed
Architecturally Topped Out
Structurally Topped Out
Under Construction
Proposed
On Hold
Never Completed
Vision
Competition Entry
Canceled
Proposed Renovation
Under Renovation
Renovated
Under Demolition
Demolished
Completed, 2013
Country

The CTBUH follows the United Nations's definition of Country, and thus uses the lists and codes established by that organization.

City

The CTBUH follows the United Nations's definition of City, and thus uses the lists and codes established by that organization.

Postal Code
3205
Function

A single-function tall building is defined as one where 85% or more of its usable floor area is dedicated to a single usage. Thus a building with 90% office floor area would be said to be an "office" building, irrespective of other minor functions it may also contain.

A mixed-use tall building contains two or more functions (or uses), where each of the functions occupy a significant proportion of the tower's total space. Support areas such as car parks and mechanical plant space do not constitute mixed-use functions. Functions are denoted on CTBUH "Tallest Building" lists in descending order, e.g., "hotel/office" indicates hotel function above office function.

residential
Structural Material

Steel
Both the main vertical/lateral structural elements and the floor spanning systems are constructed from steel. Note that a building of steel construction with a floor system of concrete planks or concrete slab on top of steel beams is still considered a “steel” structure as the concrete elements are not acting as the primary structure.

Reinforced Concrete
Both the main vertical/lateral structural elements and the floor spanning systems are constructed from concrete which has been cast in place and utilizes steel reinforcement bars.

Precast Concrete
Both the main vertical/lateral structural elements and the floor spanning system are constructed from steel reinforced concrete which has been precast as individual components and assembled together on-site.

Mixed-Structure
Utilizes distinct systems (e.g. steel, concrete, timber), one on top of the other. For example, a steel/concrete indicates a steel structural system located on top of a concrete structural system, with the opposite true of concrete/steel.

Composite
A combination of materials (e.g. steel, concrete, timber) are used together in the main structural elements. Examples include buildings which utilize: steel columns with a floor system of reinforced concrete beams; a steel frame system with a concrete core; concrete-encased steel columns; concrete-filled steel tubes; etc. Where known, the CTBUH database breaks out the materials used in a composite building’s core, columns, and floor spanning separately.

concrete
Official Website
Height

Height is measured from the level of the lowest, significant, open-air, pedestrian entrance to the architectural top of the building, including spires, but not including antennae, signage, flag poles or other functional-technical equipment. This measurement is the most widely utilized and is employed to define the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) rankings of the "World's Tallest Buildings."

Architectural
93.2 m / 306 ft
To Tip
93.2 m / 306 ft
Occupied
86.8 m / 285 ft
Observatory
86.8 m / 285 ft
Floors Above Ground

The number of floors above ground should include the ground floor level and be the number of main floors above ground, including any significant mezzanine floors and major mechanical plant floors. Mechanical mezzanines should not be included if they have a significantly smaller floor area than the major floors below. Similarly, mechanical penthouses or plant rooms protruding above the general roof area should not be counted. Note: CTBUH floor counts may differ from published accounts, as it is common in some regions of the world for certain floor levels not to be included (e.g., the level 4, 14, 24, etc. in Hong Kong).

30
Floors Below Ground

The number of floors below ground should include all major floors located below the ground floor level.

1
# of Apartments

Number of Apartments refers to the total number of residential units (including both rental units and condominiums) contained within a particular building.

157
# of Parking Spaces

Number of Parking Spaces refers to the total number of car parking spaces contained within a particular building.

157
# of Elevators

Number of Elevators refers to the total number of elevator cars (not shafts) contained within a particular building (including public, private and freight elevators).

3
Tower GFA

Tower GFA refers to the total gross floor area within the tower footprint, not including adjoining podiums, connected buildings or other towers within the development.

21,175 m² / 227,926 ft²
Construction Schedule
2009

Proposed

2011

Construction Start

2013

Completed

Owner
Perri Projects; The Carter Family
Developer
Perri Projects
Architect
Structural Engineer
MEP Engineer
Gallagher Jeffs
Contractor
ICON CO

Acoustics

Acoustic Logic Consultancy PTY LTD

Cost

Slattery Australia

Fire

Thomas Nicolas

Planning

Contour Consultants

Quantity Surveyor

Reddo

Traffic

GTA Consultants

Wind

MEL Consultants Pty Ltd

Cladding

Contract Glass; Della Precast

Crane

General Cranes

Elevator

Nordic Elevators; Schindler

Formwork

Toorak Formwork

About Albert Tower

A strong sculptural form with a unique identity, Albert Tower’s design is inspired by its proximity to Melbourne’s Botanic Gardens. The building is cloaked in a hexagonal exoskeleton, the language of which references the cellular structure of plants. When seen from a distance the clarity of the exoskeleton generates a singular expression, reinforcing a simple understanding of the complete form. This apparent simplicity lends the building a strong identity and appropriate scale in the broader city context. On closer approach, the interplay of the balconies and exoskeleton encourages further inspection.

An extension of the exoskeleton to the ground anchors the building to its context. On the top floor, comprehensive communal facilities are designed to foster social interaction between residents. A consistent and detailed approach to the interior design language is found throughout the common areas and apartments. This is further enhanced by the legibility of the tower’s façade inside the apartments, strengthening the connection and identity felt by each resident to the building.