Men have always aspired to touch the sky and become as mighty as God. Holding onto the belief that the sky is indeed the limit, high rise complexes have sprung up all over the world allowing human beings to get closer to the sky, closer to God.
Our hometown Melbourne has been the setting for a wonderful array of skyscrapers and has six of the ten tallest buildings in Australia. The massive explosion of tall and big buildings in the last forty years has defined Melbourne as the second highest skyline in Australia.
Eureka Tower Eureka Tower towers over Melbourne and is the tallest building in Melbourne and second tallest building in Australia. Built in 2006, the height of this building is 297.3 metres. For some time Eureka Towers was the tallest residential building in the world until it was surpassed in height by the HHHR Tower in Dubai. Eureka Tower was named after the famous Eureka Stockade, a rebellion during the Victorian gold rush in 1854.
The 14th tallest apartment building in the world, Eureka Tower is the 98th tallest building in the world. The tower has 92 storeys and houses 556 apartments, 13 lifts, 52,000 square metres of windows and 3680 stairs. The observation deck at the 88th floor of the Eureka Tower and is held to be the highest public vantage point in a building in the Southern Hemisphere.
Known as the Eureka Skydeck 88, this observation desk opened its doors to the public on 15 May 2007. For as fee ($19.50 for adult admission), you can access this observation deck and feast your eyes on a panoramic view of magnificent Melbourne from an astounding height of 285 metres. If you are feeling more adventurous then for an extra fee you can enter the glass cube called 'The Edge' which is a glass cage that hangs over the edge of the tower. Your jaw will drop as you find yourself standing on top of the world as you glance down through the glass floor to the Melbourne skyline that sprawls underneath. Visit the official website and Facebook page to learn more about Eureka Skydeck 88. Eureka Tower is located at 7 Riverside Quay, Southbank.
120 Collins Street 120 Collins Street is the second tallest skyscraper in Melbourne and stands at 265 metres. The architects of this building drew inspiration from the likes of Empire State building and built this marvelous building in 1991 which contains 52 floors. This building is home to a number of office suites and has numerous high profile tenants namely, Bank of America, BlackRock, Rothschild, Standard & Poor's, Bluescope Steel, Mitsubishi, Rio Tinto Group, Citigroup and so forth. This building is the third tallest building in Australia and was the tallest building in Melbourne until Eureka Tower took the crown of the tallest building in 2006.
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101 Collins Street 101 Collins Street is a 57 storey building and comes third in the long list of tallest buildings in Melbourne. This 260 metres skyscraper is the fourth tallest building in Australia and is the 125th tallest building in the world. This building is home to numerous high profile business tenants.
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Bourke Place Situated at 600 Bourke Street, Bourke Place is the fourth tallest building in Melbourne and the fifth tallest building in Australia. This building was built in 1991 and stands at 254 metres. This building used to be the headquarters of BHP Billiton and now houses several law firms including Gadens, Mallesons, Lander and Rogers and so on.
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Rialto Towers Located at 525 Collins Street, Rialto Towers is the fifth tallest building in Melbourne and sixth tallest building in Australia. It was the tallest building for five years until 120 Collins Street overtook it in 1991. This building provided refuge to the first public observation deck in Melbourne which was subsequently closed in 2009 to make way for the world-class Vue De Monde restaurant. This building stands at 251 metres and was built in 1986 during the high rise construction boom of the 80s. Rialto Run-up event is one of the most eminent fun runs of Melbourne and is organised annually. This fun run involves racing up 242 metres, 1222-1254 step race to the 53rd floor of the Rialto building. And if you ever pay a visit to the Rialto Towers then do check out the Lui bar on the 55th floor for stunning views of Melbourne.
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At the time of penning this article, plans are on foot to build Australia 108 building in Southbank which, if built, will be bestowed with the honour of being the tallest building in Melbourne and will stand at 321 metres.
Hope you have enjoyed this compilation and will take much pleasure in exploring these Melbourne skyscrapers.