The Oracle Beach Tower
Gold Coast Australia
Height 165.2 m / 542 ft
Floors 50
Official Name

The current legal building name.

The Oracle Beach Tower
Other Names

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

CBD Apartments Tower 1
Name of Complex

A complex is a group of buildings which are designed and built as pieces of a greater development.


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.

Architecturally Topped Out
Structurally Topped Out
Under Construction
On Hold
Never Completed
Competition Entry
Proposed Renovation
Under Renovation
Under Demolition
Completed, 2011

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Postal Code

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.

Structural Material

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.

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.

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.

Official Website

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."

165.2 m / 542 ft
To Tip
165.2 m / 542 ft
151.05 m / 496 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).

Floors Below Ground

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

# of Apartments

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

# 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).

Tallest in Oceania
Tallest in Australia
Tallest in Gold Coast
Tallest Residential Building in Oceania
Tallest Residential Building in Australia
Tallest Residential Building in Gold Coast
Tallest Concrete Building in Oceania
Tallest Concrete Building in Australia
Tallest Concrete Building in Gold Coast
Construction Schedule



Construction Start



Structural Engineer

(not specified)

Niecon Developments
DBI Design Pty Ltd; IGNITE Architects
Structural Engineer

(not specified)

MEP Engineer

(not specified)

EMF Griffiths
Niecon Project Management


Palmer Acoustics




Bennett and Bennett Pty Ltd


Place Design Group

Quantity Surveyor

Turner & Townsend


Skild Traffic

Urban Planner

Urban Planning Services Pty Ltd

Vertical Transportation


About The Oracle Beach Tower

The Oracle towers are part of a mixed-use development of office and retail with two residential towers rising above. The site has been subdivided into a number of external streets that provide permeability and pedestrian access to all areas of the site. The overall form of the towers draws inspiration from the dramatic and dynamic hi-energy surf beach that they front. This form is carried down to the ground and is connected to the street by the use of stratified canopies which reflect the flowing spandrels of the towers.

The fenestration of the towers comprises pre-cast concrete panels, aluminum louvers and glass balustrades which are continuous around the perimeter of the building. The floor plans of the building respond to climate by reducing the depth of the balcony where solar penetration is desired and deeper where shading is preferred. The building’s fenestration can be read as a reflection of the building’s orientation; north-western corners are heavily shaded by solid balustrades and aluminum louvers whereas eastern façades are simply provided with glass balustrades.