Eq. Tower

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Height: Architectural 202 m / 663 ft
Height: Occupied 196.4 m / 644 ft
Height: To Tip 202 m / 663 ft
Floors Above Ground 63
Floors Below Ground 1
# of Elevators 5
Top Elevator Speed 5 m/s
Tower GFA 55,487 m² / 597,257 ft²
Development GFA 55,487 m² / 597,257 ft²
# of Apartments 633
# of Parking Spaces 205


Official Name Eq. Tower
Structure Type Building
Status Completed
Country Australia
City Melbourne
Street Address & Map 127-141 A'Beckett Street
Postal Code 3000
Building Function residential
Structural Material concrete
Energy Label Green Star
Proposed 2013
Construction Start 2014
Completion 2017
Official Website Eq. Tower
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Regional Ranking #37 Tallest in Oceania
National Ranking #37 Tallest in Australia
City Ranking #17 Tallest in Melbourne

Companies Involved

Owner ICD Property
Developer ICD Property; Sino-Ocean Land
Design Elenberg Fraser
Structural Engineer
Design Robert Bird Group
MEP Engineer
Design Murchie Consulting
Project Manager Sinclair Brook
Main Contractor Multiplex
Other Consultant
• Access Altitude Façade Access Consulting Pty Ltd
• Acoustics Vipac Engineers & Scientists
• Certifier PLP
Façade BG&E
• Fire Omnii Consulting Fire Engineers
• Land Surveyor Bosco Jonson
• Landscape Oculus
• Marketing Cornwell
• Traffic Cardno
• Wind MEL Consultants Pty Ltd
Material Supplier
• Cladding Lingyun Australia
• Elevator KONE
• Flooring Woodcut

About Eq. Tower

The design process for Eq. Tower began with a desire to create an intentional visual contrast with other recently constructed residential buildings which had emerged during a building boom, transforming a traditionally commercial area of central Melbourne into a mixed-use district. The building’s residential floors are positioned above a rectilinear podium topped with a landscaped outdoor terrace. As the upper floors are set back from the edges of the site, the façade is then sculpted as a result of analyzing the effect of sunlight and wind on the building and its surroundings. Directly above the podium, the building form resembles an hour glass, with rounder corners and concave surfaces which then transitions to a diamond form featuring a convex shape for the upper half of the building.

As outdoor balcony use becomes less practical at higher points within the building, balconies begin transitioning to winter gardens as the façade shape changes. Grill like features were then incorporated into the façade to still allow for interaction with elements on the building’s upper floors, while ensuring comfort of the residents. The façade is coated with a directional oxide coating, making it visually reactive to the changing angle of the sun throughout the day; in the morning and early evening, the glass glows with a pink hue, while at midday the exterior reflects the sky.

The sculpted form of the building was part of the project’s branding identity during the development phase and ensures the building remains a key visual point in the Melbourne skyline as the central business district continues to evolve.


Interview: Matthew Khoo
30 Oct 2017 – Matthew Khoo, ICD Property

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