List of tallest buildings in Melbourne

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The skyline of Melbourne with the Eureka Tower to the far right, 120 Collins Street in the far centre and the Rialto Towers to the centre left

Melbourne, the second-largest city in Australia, is home to 602 completed high-rise buildings, 27 of which stand taller than 150m.[1][2] The tallest building in the city is Eureka Tower, standing at 297.3 metres.[3] Completed in 2006, the building overtook 120 Collins Street, which stands at 265 metres, as Melbourne’s tallest structure.[4][5] Eureka Tower was the tallest residential building in the world until surpassed by Ocean Heights and the HHHR Tower in Dubai;[6] it is now currently the 14th tallest apartment building in the world.[7] Out of the 10 tallest buildings in Australia, seven are located in Melbourne. Of Australia's high-rise buildings with a height of over 100 m, over 70 are in Melbourne, making it the second highest skyline in the country.[8]

Skyscrapers in Melbourne have a long and illustrious history. The APA Building (Australian Building) was one of Australia’s first skyscrapers and the third tallest building in the world.[9] Completed in 1889, it was built in the Queen Ann style popular in Victorian Australia. The treatment of rooftop levels is said to have anticipated the skyscraper race of New York City and Chicago.[10][11] Melbourne was one of the first cities in Australia to go through a high-rise boom after Sydney, with over 50 high-rise buildings constructed between the 1970s-1990s.[12][13] In 1986, the Rialto Towers became the tallest building in the Australia as well as the Southern Hemisphere. Five years later 120 Collins street took the title until 2005. It continued that feat well into the 2000s, which saw over 20 high-rise structures completed during the decade including the Eureka Tower. It is, to this day, home to Australia’s second tallest building and has in the past been home to some of the country's tallest.

The central business district skyline is broken down into two distinct sections: the east and west, divided by the Swanston Street.[14] The tallest building on the eastern side of the skyline is the 120 Collins Street, while the tallest on the western side is the Rialto Towers and Bourke Place. Significant new skylines are emerging outside of the CBD at Southbank and the new Docklands precinct–an urban renewal project in Melbourne’s west.

As of August 2014, there are nearly 10 buildings under construction in Melbourne that are expected to rise at least 150m or taller, over 15 approved and over 15 at proposal stages.[1][2]

Completed[edit]

Height: S = Spire, R = Roof

Name (Street address) Image Height (m) Total Floors Built Purpose Architect(s)
S R
1 Eureka Tower (7 Riverside Quay) Eureka Tower, Melbourne - Nov 2008.jpg 297.3 92 [15] 2006 Residential Fender Katsalidis Architects
2 120 Collins Street 120CollinsSt.jpg 265 220 52 1991 Office Daryl Jackson
3 101 Collins Street 101 Collins Street December 2009.jpg 260 195 50 1991 Office Denton Corker Marshall
4 Prima Pearl (31-49 Queensbridge Square) 254 72 2015
(Topped Out)[16]
Residential
5 Bourke Place (600 Bourke Street) Bourke Place 2008.jpg 253 224 51 1991 Office Godfrey & Spowers
6 Rialto Towers (525 Collins Street) Rialto Towers 1.png 251 63 1986 Office Gerard de Preu / Perrot Lyon Matheison
7 Melbourne Central (350 Elizabeth Street) Melbourne Central.jpg 246 211 54 1991 Office Kisho Kurokawa
8 Telstra Corporate Centre (242 Exhibition Street) Telstracorporatecentre.JPG 218 193 47 1992 Office Perrot Lyon Matheison
9 Freshwater Place North (1 Queensbridge Square) PriceWaterHouseCoppers & Freshwate Place.jpg 205 60 2005 Residential Bates, Smart and McCutcheon
=10 Sofitel Hotel at Collins Place (35 Collins Street) 35CollinStreet1.JPG 185 50 1981 Hotel Pei Cobb Freed and Partners / Bates, Smart and McCutcheon
=10 ANZ Tower at Collins Place (55 Collins Street) 35 and 55 from Collins Street.JPG 185 46 1980 Office Pei Cobb Freed and Partners / Bates, Smart and McCutcheon
12 Nauru House (80 Collins Street) Nauru House AON.jpg 182 54 1977 Office Perrott Lyon Timlock & Kesa
13 MY80 (410 Elizabeth Street) 173 55 2014 Residential Hayball Architecture
14 385 Bourke Street 385 Bourke Street.jpg 169 45 1983 Office Norman Disney & Young
15 Zen Apartments (27 Therry Street)[17] Zen Apartments, Melbourne.png 168 50 2012 Residential Urban Design Architects
16 Australian Stock Exchange Building 530 Collins Street.jpg 167 43 1991 Office
17 Casselden Place (2 Lonsdale Street) Casselden Place and Urban Workshop buildings.jpg 166 43 1992 Office HASSELL
18 Ernst & Young Tower (8 Exhibition Street, Melbourne) Ernst and Young building Melbourne.jpg 164 36 2004 Office Denton Corker Marshall
19 ANZ World Headquarters (100 Queen Street) Anz world headquarters queen street melbourne.jpg 162 37 1993 Office Peddle Thorp, Melbourne
=20 Southern Cross Phase 1 (121 Exhibition Street) Southern cross tower.jpg 161 39 2004 Office Woods Bagot Melbourne
=20 National Bank House (500 Bourke Street) Nab tower Melb.jpg 161 40 1978 Office
22 2 Southbank Boulevard[18] Freshwater Place 2008.jpg 160 40 2005 Office
23 Verve 501 Swanston Tower Verve 501 building.jpg 159 45 2006 Residential
24 Optus Centre (367 Collins Street) Optus Centre 2a.jpg 153 34 1975 Office
=25 Royal Domain Tower (368 St Kilda Road) 152 43 2005 Residential
=25 Crown Towers (8 Whiteman Street) Crown Towers, Melbourne Australia in 2010.jpg 152 43 1997 Hotel Hudson Conway Architects / Daryl Jackson
27 140 William Street Former BHP House from street level.jpg 152 41 1972 Office Yuncken Freeman Architects
28 Urban Workshop Lonsdale (50 Lonsdale Street) Casselden Place and Urban Workshop buildings.jpg 150 34 2005 Office

Melbourne skyline[edit]

Melbourne skyline showing location of the city's skyscrapers, in 2007.

Major future projects[edit]

This is a list of currently Under Construction, Approved and Proposed highrise / skyscrapers set for Melbourne.[19]

Status:
Under Construction Approved Proposed
# Name Height Storeys Purpose Completion Status
m ft
1 Australia 108 319 1,047 100 Residential TBA Approved[20][21]
2 Queensbridge Tower 308 1,010 84 Residential TBA Proposed[22][23]
3 250 Spencer Street Tower 1 300 980 86 Residential TBA Approved[24][25][26]
4 25-35 Power Street 274 899 71 Mixed Use TBA Proposed[27]
5 180 Russell Street 271 889 70 Mixed Use TBA Proposed[27]
6 334-344 City Road 270 890 82 Residential TBA Proposed[28]
7 250 La Trobe Street 268 879 86 Residential TBA Proposed[29]
8 Prima Pearl 254 833 72 Residential 2014 Under Construction[30][31][32]
9 54-64 A'Beckett Street 253 830 81 Residential TBA Proposed[33]
10 170 Victoria Street 252 827 77 Residential TBA Proposed[29]
11 Victoria One 241 791 75 Residential 2018 Approved[34][35][21]
12 250 Spencer Street Tower 2 240 790 74 Residential TBA Approved[24][25][26]
13 54–56 Clarke Street 238 781 72 Residential TBA Approved[36][37][38]
14 The Falls 230 750 71 Residential TBA Approved[39]
15 250 Spencer Street Tower 4 230 750 68 Residential TBA Approved[24][25][26]
16 Vision Apartments 226 741 72 Residential 2015 Under Construction[40][41]
17 Tower Melbourne 226 741 71 Residential 2018 Under Construction[42][43][44]
18 568 Collins Street 224 735 68 Mixed Use 2015 Under Construction[45][46]
19 380 Lonsdale Street 218 715 67 Residential TBA Proposed[47][48]
20 450 Elizabeth Street 218 715 62 Residential TBA Approved[49][50]
21 97 Franklin Street 216 709 62 Residential TBA Approved[51]
22 250 Spencer Street Tower 3 210 690 62 Residential TBA Approved[24][25][26]
23 272 Queen Street 210 690 62 Mixed Use TBA Approved[52][53]
24 EQ Tower 196 643 63 Residential TBA Approved[54][55]
25 464 Collins Street 194 636 54 Mixed Use TBA Approved[46][55][56]
26 256–260 City Road 193 633 61 Residential TBA Approved[57][58][59]
27 Abode 318 188 617 57 Residential 2014 Under Construction[60][61]
28 84-88 Queensbridge Street 183 600 55 Residential TBA Approved[62][21]
29 398 Elizabeth Street 177 581 55 Residential TBA Approved[63][55]
30 60–82 Johnson Street twin tower 1 175 574 53 Residential TBA Proposed[62]
31 60–82 Johnson Street twin tower 2 175 574 53 Residential TBA Proposed[62]
32 441–447 Elizabeth Street 173 568 55 Residential TBA Proposed[64]
33 380 Lonsdale Street 167 548 51 Residential TBA Proposed [47]
34 Upper West Side Tower 2 167 548 50 Residential 2014 Under Construction[65]
35 35 Spring Street 166 545 43 Residential 2017 Under Construction[66][67][68]
36 Upper West Side Tower 5 165 541 51 Residential TBA Proposed[69]
37 134–142 Ferrars Street 165 541 49 Residential TBA Proposed[70]
38 405 Bourke Street 161 528 39 Office TBA Proposed[71]
39 Platinum Tower 160 520 53 Mixed Use TBA Proposed[72]
40 Celtic Club Tower 154 505 48 Residential TBA Approved[73]
41 Upper West Side Tower 3 152 499 42 Residential 2015 Under Construction[74][75]
42 Fulton Lane Tower 2 150 490 45 Residential 2014 Under Construction[76][77]

Major cancelled projects[edit]

Timeline of tallest buildings in Melbourne[edit]

Name Years as tallest Height (m) floors Notes
Yorkshire Brewery Tower[79] 1876–88 8
Fink's Building[79] 1888–89 43 10
The Australian Building[79] 1889–1932 53 12
Manchester Unity Building [80] 1932–1955 64 13
Orica House[79] 1955–62 81 20
CRA Building 1962–69 99 26
AMP Square[79] 1969–71 113 28
Marland House[79] 1971–72 121 32
140 William Street[79] 1972–75 152 41
Optus Centre 1975–77 153 34
Nauru House 1977–80 182 52
ANZ Tower at Collins Place 1980–81 185 56
Sofitel Hotel at Collins Place 1981–86 185 50
Rialto Towers 1986–91 251 63 Tallest building in Australia (1986–1991)
101 Collins Street 1991 260 50 Tallest building in Australia (to spire) (1991)
120 Collins Street 1991–2006 265 52 Tallest building in Australia (to spire) (1991–2005)
Eureka Tower 2006–present 297.3 92 Tallest building in Australia (to roof) (2006–present)

See also[edit]

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