List of tallest buildings in Brisbane

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The skyline of Brisbane at night

This is a list of the tallest buildings in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

Brisbane, Australia's third largest city, is home to at least 360 completed high-rise buildings,[1] at least 70 high-rise buildings over 100 metres in height,[2] and has 14 completed skyscrapers (and 3 under construction) with a height greater than 150 metres (490 ft), on each count the third greatest number of any city in Oceania (behind Melbourne and Sydney).[3] At 260 metres (850 ft), 1 William Street is the tallest building in Brisbane. It will be surpassed in 2018 by the 270 metres (890 ft) Brisbane Skytower, which is currently under construction.

All of Brisbane's skyscrapers (defined as buildings with a height greater than 150 metres) are located within the CBD, with large numbers of high-rise buildings also proliferating in the inner suburbs of South Brisbane, Kangaroo Point, Fortitude Valley, Newstead, Teneriffe, New Farm, Bowen Hills, Spring Hill, Milton, Auchenflower, Toowong, Taringa, Saint Lucia, West End and Woolloongabba.

There is a 274.3 metres (900 ft) height limit for buildings in the CBD. As of 2013, a review of height limits for city skyscrapers has been requested by Brisbane Lord Mayor to allow construction of buildings over 300 metres (980 ft) above sea level.[4]

Brisbane's 91 metre City Hall was the city's tallest building for decades after its completion in 1930 and was finally surpassed in 1970 by the Westpac Building, which marked the beginning of the widespread construction of high-rise buildings over 100 metres in height. The city's first skyscraper with a height of over 150 metres was Central Plaza One, completed in 1988. Central Plaza One and Waterfront Place, completed in 1989, remained the city's only skyscrapers until the completion of the 200 metre Riparian Plaza in 2005, which has since been surpassed on numerous occasions in the widespread construction of skyscrapers which has been ongoing since the mid-2000s.

Brisbane plays host to other structures over 150 metres in height such as the five television transmission towers atop Mount Coot-tha and the Bald Hills Radiator transmission tower however these are not considered to be buildings as they are uninhabitable.

Tallest buildings[edit]

This is a list of Brisbane's tallest completed and topped out buildings as of 2017.[5] Structures are not included. Official heights are ranked by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, and include spires but exclude communications masts and spires.[6]

Rank Name Image Height Storeys Usage Year Notes
1 1 William Street 1 William Street, Brisbane, September 2016.jpg 260 m 46 office 2017 Brisbane's tallest building since 2016; inhabited by the executive branch of the Queensland Government; nicknamed One Big Willy or the Tower of Power and seen as symbolising the legacy of Premier Campbell Newman
2 Infinity Infinity Tower, Brisbane in 03.2014.jpg 249 m 81 residential 2014 Tallest building in Brisbane from 2014 until 2016; also known as Meriton Herschel Street Serviced Apartments
3 Soleil Soleil, Brisbane, May 2013, 1.jpg 243 m 74 residential 2012 Tallest building in Brisbane 2012 until 2014; also known as Meriton Adelaide Street Serviced Apartments
4 Aurora 2006-04-12-Aurora.jpg 207 m 69 residential 2006 Tallest building in Brisbane from 2006 until 2012
5 Riparian Plaza 2006-04-12-Riparian.jpg 200 m 53 mixed use 2005 Tallest building in Brisbane 2005 until 2006; notable for its 50-metre communications mast (not counted in the building's height) and being one of the last projects of renowned architect Harry Seidler. The adjacent Riverside Centre was also designed by Seidler and shares many design elements with Riparian Plaza
6 One One One Eagle Street One One One Eagle Street 03.JPG 195 m 54 office 2012 Notable for the illuminated curved columns resembling the roots of the Moreton Bay Fig visible through its facade
7 Central Plaza One Central Plaza 1, Brisbane.JPG 174 m 44 office 1988 Tallest building in Brisbane 1988 until 2005; Brisbane's first skyscraper over 150m
8 275 George Street 275GeorgeStreet.jpg 171 m 32 office 2009
9 Waterfront Place Waterfront Place, Brisbane 02.2014 01.jpg 162 m 40 office 1989 Notable for its curved blue glass facade and hosting federal cabinet meetings when these are held in Brisbane at the Commonwealth Parliament Officers on the top floor
10 480 Queen Street 480 Queen Street, Brisbane.jpg 153 m 34 office 2016
11 180 Brisbane 180 Brisbane under construction in October 2015.jpg 152 m 34 office 2015 Notable for the large image of the course of the Brisbane River on its facade
12 Brisbane Square Brisbane Square July 06.jpg 151 m 38 office 2006 Headquarters of the Brisbane City Council and the Brisbane Square Library
13=13 Skyline Apartments Skyline Apartments.jpg 150 m 48 residential 2007
13=13 400 George Street 400 George Street.jpg 150 m 37 office 2009 Notable for its extreme proximity to the neighbouring Santos Place, which is of almost equal height

Under construction and proposed[edit]

This is a list of buildings currently under construction or proposed that are planned to reach 150 m in height.[7]

Key:
Topped Out Under Construction Approved Proposed
Name Height Storeys Usage Completion Status
30 Albert Street 270 m 91 residential TBA Proposed
Brisbane Skytower 270 m 90 apartments/hotel 2018 Under construction
240 Margaret Street 270 m 87 residential TBA Proposed
25 Mary Street 266 m 87 residential TBA Proposed
171 Edward Street 265 m 81 residential TBA Approved
The One 262 m 82 residential 2018 Under construction
Queen's Tower 250 m 76 residential TBA Proposed
Queen's Wharf Tower 4 200 m 63 residential TBA Approved
195-199 Elizabeth Street 196 m 62 residential TBA Approved
443 Queen Street 185 m 47 residential TBA Approved
300 George Street 182 m 38 office 2018 Under construction
Queen's Wharf Tower 5 180 m 49 residential TBA Approved
500 George Street 179 m 59 residential TBA Proposed
Queen's Wharf Tower 6 160 m 45 residential TBA Approved
Queen's Wharf Tower 1 160 m 43 hotel TBA Approved
Regent Towers 158 m 42 office TBA Approved

Timeline of tallest buildings[edit]

This lists buildings that once held the title of "tallest building in Brisbane".[8]

Name Image Years as tallest Height floors Notes
Brisbane City Hall King George Square in 12.2013 07.jpg 1930-1970 92 m (302 ft) 4 Brisbane's tallest building for four decades, City Hall now plays host to the Museum of Brisbane and auditoria for events
Westpac Building N/A 1970-1971 105 m (344 ft) 23 Brisbane's first high-rise building with a height greater than 100 metres
Suncorp Metway Plaza King George Square in 12.2013 03.jpg 1971-1978 118 m (387 ft) 26 A 10 metre digital clock sits atop the building. Before placement of the clock, a rotating restaurant sat atop the building
AMP Place AMP Place Kevin.JPG 1978-1986 135 m (443 ft) 35 Nicknamed The Gold Tower and located adjacent to the 134 metre Comalco Place, which was completed in 1983 and is nicknamed The Blue Tower
Riverside Centre 2006-04-12-Riverside.jpg 1986-1988 142 m (466 ft) 40 Located adjacent to Riparian Plaza, which was also designed by renowned architect Harry Seidler and with which it shares numerous design elements
Central Plaza One Central Plaza 1, Brisbane.JPG 1988-2005 174 m (571 ft) 44 Brisbane's first skyscraper over 150m in height
Riparian Plaza 2006-04-12-Riparian.jpg 2005-2006 200 m (660 ft) 53 Tallest building in Brisbane 2005 until 2006; notable for its 50-metre communications mast (not counted in the building's height) and being one of the last projects of renowned architect Harry Seidler. The adjacent Riverside Centre was also designed by Seidler and shares many design elements with Riparian Plaza
Aurora 2006-04-12-Aurora.jpg 2006-2012 207 m (679 ft) 69 Brisbane's tallest building from 2006-2012
Soleil Soleil, Brisbane, May 2013, 1.jpg 2012-2014 243 m (797 ft) 74 Brisbane's tallest building from 2012-2014; also known as Meriton Adelaide Street Serviced Apartments
Infinity Infinity Tower, Brisbane in 03.2014.jpg 2014-2016 249 m (817 ft) 81 Brisbane's tallest building from 2014-2016; also known as Meriton Herschel Street Serviced Apartments
1 William Street 1 William Street, Brisbane, September 2016.jpg 2016-present 260 m (850 ft) 46 Brisbane's tallest building since 2016; inhabited by the executive branch of the Queensland Government; nicknamed One Big Willy or the Tower of Power and seen as symbolising the legacy of Premier Campbell Newman

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