Australia 108 Super Skyscraper Development

13/11/2012 10:19 am

The tallest building in the southern hemisphere, a whopping 388m skyscrape, is planned for Melbourne in an ambitious development proposal.

Designs for the skyscraper are being finalised and, if planning approval is obtained, will feature 600 apartments, the nation's highest hotel and restaurants.

The 108 storey tower, when completed, will be the 18th tallest building in the world.

The site is set on the corner of City Road and Southbank Boulevard. Original approval was obtained by Architects Fender Katsalidis for a 228m apartment building on the 70 Southbank Boulevard site in 2010 from the VCAT. After a battle with Melbounre City Council. However, Nonda Katsalidis has dramatically increased his proposal by adding a 288 room hotel and sky deck on top, citing the strengthening economy and the need for an iconic centrepiece for Melbourne.

"Buildings like this changes cities, they make the city more dynamic, more interesting, more exciting," he said.

Although the skyscraper is intended to dominate Melbourne's skyline, Mr Katsalidis said it would form a pair with Eureka.

While the redesigned Australia 108 plans will be subjected to a fresh planning application process, Planning Minister Matthew Guy said the fact such a project was being proposed underlined the confidence in Melbourne.

"Australia is coming of age and our cities are growing upwards," Mr Guy said.

Jonathan Chancellor suggets that suggesting that the 108 storey development will radically change the skyline is a little premature, given that it is actually a development site that's up for sale. The 2,642-square-metre site has been for sale since July through CBRE agents Mark Wizel and Josh Rutman.

In July Property Observer reported the site was listed by Katsalidis and property developer Adrian Valmorbida from the Valmorbida family, who had decided to go in different directions.