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 approximately 627 completed high-rise buildings.[1] Of those completed and or topped-out, 34 buildings are defined as "skyscrapers" (buildings which reach a height of 150 metres (490 ft)); more than any other city in Australia.[2] Of the ten tallest buildings in the Australia, five are located in Melbourne. Most of Melbourne's tallest skyscrapers are concentrated in the City Centre precinct; however, other locations of prominent skyscrapers in Melbourne, include: Docklands, Southbank, South Melbourne, South Yarra and St Kilda Road.

Geographically, Melbourne's central business district comprises a western skyline and an eastern skyline. These two skylines are divided by the Yarra River, which extends to the city's east. The western side consists of more density than the east, although the east has two of the city's tallest buildings–120 Collins Street and 101 Collins Street, respectively, however the Rialto Towers (located on the west side) is tallest by roof. As a whole, the city overtook Sydney in 2011 as having the tallest skyline in the country and the 24th tallest in the world, when the heights of the top ten tallest buildings in the city are combined.[3]

Historically, Melbourne has represented several “firsts” and been the holder of various records, both in Australia and internationally. The city is notable for being one of the first cities in the world to anticipate the skyscraper boom, alongside New York City and Chicago in the United States. Additionally, Melbourne was the birth of Australia's first skyscraper, the APA Building (1889), and whilst it was demolished in 1980, it was reputed to have been one of the world's tallest at the time of its completion.[4] Since 2006, the city has been home to the second-tallest building in the country, the Eureka Tower; surpassed only by the Gold Coast's Q1, the Eureka Tower still maintains the title of tallest building in Australia to roof.[5] Several other skyscraper projects have since emerged, such as Australia 108 – which when completed, will become the tallest building in Australia to roof.

History and specifications[edit]

Further information: Architecture of Melbourne
Most of Melbourne's skyscrapers are located in the City Centre (left), although the number of skyscrapers in Southbank (right) has significantly increased since the 2000s.

Skyscrapers in Melbourne have a long and illustrious history. Melbourne was one of the first cities in Australia to undergo a high-rise boom, after Sydney, with over 50 high-rise buildings constructed between the 1970s-90s.[6][7] Melbourne has had the most skyscrapers above 150 metres in Australia and indeed within Oceania, for 35 collective years; from 1972 to 1999 (equal first with Sydney during 1972–74 and 1989–90), from 2005 to 2010 (shared with Sydney during 2005 and 2007–10), in 2012 (shared with Sydney) and again since 2014 (equal to Sydney in 2014).[8]

19th century

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]

20th century

In 1972, 140 William Street became Melbourne's first skyscraper to reach a height of 150 metres. The William Street building was the city's tallest for 3 years, and remains one of the few heritage registered skyscrapers in Melbourne. Slightly taller, the Optus Centre was completed in 1975; and then in 1977 Nauru House was crowned the tallest building in Melbourne, at a height of 182 metres. In 1978, what would be the first of two Collins Place towers was opened, at a height of 185 metres.

Decade No. of 150m+
completions
Total
1970s 5 5
1980s 3 8
1990s 9 17
2000s 8 25
2010s complete: 6 45
under-construction: 14
2020s complete: 0 46
under-construction: 1

By the early 1980s, Melbourne had a total of 6 buildings above 150 metres, with the completion of the Sofitel Hotel at Collins Place in 1980. In 1986, the Rialto Towers became the tallest building in Australia as well as the Southern Hemisphere. At the time of its opening it was the 23rd–tallest building in the world.[12] The 1990s brought Melbourne another 9 buildings over 150 metres (5 of which in excess of 200 metres), with the completion of 120 Collins Street; at a height of 265 metres, it held the title of tallest building in Australia and the Southern Hemisphere for fourteen years, until the completion of the Gold Coast's Q1 in 2005.

21st century

During the 2000s, over 20 high-rise structures were completed, including the Eureka Tower, which overtook 120 Collins Street as the tallest building in Melbourne, and further became the second tallest in Australia (although tallest to its roof).[13][14] Eureka Tower was also the tallest residential building in the world, until surpassed by Ocean Heights and the HHHR Tower in Dubai.[15] It is currently the 14th tallest apartment building in the world.[16]

The 2010s have continued this achievement, with Prima Pearl, 568 Collins Street and Vision Apartments being constructed, all of which stand above 220 metres (720 ft) in height. This feat has been described as the "Manhattanization" of Melbourne.[17] Since the beginning of the decade, the city has been experiencing an "unprecedented" high-rise construction boom;[18][19][20] of buildings expected to reach 150 metres (or above) in height, 15 are in construction phase, 30 have received approval, and another 20 have been proposed – more than any other city in Australia.[1][2] Of those currently under construction, two projects will surpass 250 metres (820 ft) in height; Aurora Melbourne Central and Australia 108. The latter will be the tallest; reaching 317 metres (1,040 ft) in height, Australia 108 will become the tallest building in Melbourne upon completion in 2020, the tallest building to roof in Australia, and Melbourne's first building to be defined as a "supertall" skyscraper (buildings which reach heights of 300 metres to 600 metres).

Height limits[edit]

Following the construction of the APA Building in 1889, a 40-metre (132 ft) height limit was introduced to Melbourne in 1916, due the theoretical reach of firebrigade ladders.[21] The height limit was discontinued in the 1950s, which enabled the construction of ICI House at a height of 81 metres (266 ft), and Melbourne therefore became the first city in Australia to change its height controls.[22]

In September 2015, the Minister for Planning, Richard Wynne, introduced a 12-month height limit of approximately 229 metres (750 ft) for all buildings proposed in the City Centre and segments of Southbank, as part of interim planning laws set to be reviewed and made permanent in September 2016.[23] Should projects exceed the height limit, developers will need to make a special case to the Minister, outlining the proposal's state significance.[24] Buildings proposed prior to the height limit, are exempt from the new law.[25]

Precincts[edit]

Precinct of
Melbourne
C T-O U-C A P
City Centre 25 2 9 18 10
Docklands 0 0 0 0 1
Southbank 5 1 3 10 9
South Melbourne 0 0 0 3 1
South Yarra 0 0 0 1 0
St Kilda Road 1 0 0 0 0
Total 31 15 32 21

The central business district skyline is broken down into two distinct sections: the east and west, divided by the Swanston Street.[26] The tallest buildings on the eastern side of the skyline are 120 Collins Street and 101 Collins Street, while the tallest on the western side are the Rialto Towers, 568 Collins Street and Bourke Place.

During the last fifteen years, high-rise density has taken form in urban renewal regions like Southbank.

Significant new skylines have emerged outside of the Melbourne City Centre, especially within the inner-city suburb of Southbank. This precinct, located adjacent to the City Centre, includes some of the tallest buildings in Melbourne, such as Eureka Tower, Prima Pearl and Freshwater Place North.[27]

St Kilda Road, a locality of the City Centre (with a separate postal code) comprises one skyscraper above 150 metres in height, the Royal Domain Tower. Other inner-city suburbs, such as Docklands, South Melbourne and South Yarra each have skyscrapers (of heights reaching at least 150 metres) in proposed and approved stages of development.[28]

Functions[edit]

Most of Melbourne's skyscrapers constructed by the 1990s were built for commercial purposes – specifically, used as offices. Exceptions to this, include the mixed–use building Sofitel Hotel (1980) on Collins Place, and the all-hotel Crown Towers (1997) in Southbank.[29] 2005 ushered in the first residential skyscrapers in Melbourne, with two built that year.[30] By 2010, 72% of skyscrapers built in Melbourne were of commercial use, 12% residential, 12% mixed-use, and 4% hotel.[31] The trend towards residential skyscrapers has continued significantly; in 2015, 58% of skyscrapers present within the city were of commercial use, 26% residential, 13% mixed-use and 3% hotel.[32]

Cityscape[edit]

The skyline of Melbourne city as viewed from Williamstown, Victoria, in June 2015. Prominent skyscrapers visible in this image include Bourke Place and 568 Collins Street, left of centre; the Rialto Towers, centre; and on the right of centre, 120 Collins Street, 101 Collins Street, Freshwater Place North, Prima Pearl and the Eureka Tower.

Completed[edit]

Overall[edit]

This list ranks completed and topped out Melbourne skyscrapers that stand at least 150 metres (490 ft) tall, based on standard height measurement. This includes spires and architectural details but does not include antenna masts. An equal sign (=) following a rank indicates the same height between two or more buildings. An asterisk (*) indicates that the building is still under construction, but has been topped out. The "completion" column indicates the year in which a building was completed. Height: S = Spire, R = Roof. Height is measured to the nearest metre.

Name (Street address) Image Height:
m (ft)
Total Floors Built Purpose Precinct Notes Records
S R Proposed Construction
start
Completion Tallest (Australia: overall) Tallest (Australia: roof) Tallest (Melbourne)
1 Eureka Tower
(7 Riverside Quay)
Eureka Tower, Melbourne - Nov 2008.jpg 297
(975)
91 1999 2001 2006 Residential Southbank 2nd-tallest building in Australia; Tallest building in Australia to roof. Completed in 2006, it was the world's tallest residential tower when measured to its highest floor, until surpassed by Ocean Heights and the HHHR Tower in Dubai. As of January 2016, it is the 14th tallest residential building in the world.[33] Tallest residential building in Australia to roof. Tallest building completed during the 2000s.[34] Recipient of the 2006 Bronze Emporis Skyscraper Award.[35] 2006– 2006–
2 120 Collins Street 120 Collins Street, Jan. 2016 (darker).png 265
(869)
220
(722)
52 1986 1989 1991 Office City Centre 3rd-tallest building in Australia; 14th-tallest building in Australia to roof. Completed in 1991, it became the tallest building in Australia, until it was surpassed by Q1 on the Gold Coast, Queensland in 2005. Tallest office building in Australia. Tallest building completed during the 1990s.[36][37] 1991–2005 1991–2006
3 101 Collins Street 101 Collins Street, Jan. 2016.png 260
(853)
195
(640)
50 1987 1988 1991 Office City Centre 4th-tallest building in Australia; 24th-tallest building in Australia to roof. Completed in 1991, it briefly reigned as the tallest building in Australia, until the completion of 120 Collins Street later in 1991. 2nd-tallest office building in Australia.[38][39] 1991 1991
4 Prima Pearl
(31-49 Queensbridge Square)
Pearl Tower.jpg 254
(833)
72 2004 2012 2014 Residential Southbank 6th-tallest building in Australia; 2nd-tallest building in Australia to roof. 2nd-tallest residential building in Australia to roof. Tallest building completed during the 2010s.[40]
5 Rialto Towers
(525 Collins Street)
Rialto Towers in Aug. 2015 (cropped).jpg 251
(824)
63 c.1980 1982 1986 Office City Centre 7th-tallest building in Australia; 3rd-tallest building in Australia to roof. Completed in 1986, it became the tallest building in Australia and one of the tallest in the world, until the former title was surpassed by 101 Collins Street in 1991. It remained the tallest building in Australia to roof, until the completion of the Eureka Tower, in 2006. Tallest building completed during the 1980s.[41][42] 1986–91 1986–2006 1986–91
=6 568 Collins Street 568 Collins Street, June 2015.jpg 224
(735)
68 2011 2012 2015 Mixed Use City Centre Equal 19th-tallest building in Australia; Equal 12th-tallest building in Australia to roof.[43][44]
=6 Bourke Place
(600 Bourke Street)
Bourke Place 2008.jpg 224
(735)
49 N/A N/A 1991 Office City Centre Equal 19th-tallest building in Australia; Equal 12th-tallest building in Australia to roof. A 30 m communications mast sits atop the building.[45]
8 Vision Apartments Vision Apartments, Nov. 2015 1.jpg 223
(732)
69 2011 2013 2016 Residential City Centre 21st-tallest building in Australia. Topped–out in July 2016.[46]
9 Telstra Corporate Centre
(242 Exhibition Street)
Telstra Corporate Centre, cropped.png 218
(715)
193
(633)
47 N/A N/A 1992 Office City Centre 24th-tallest building in Australia; 27th-tallest building in Australia to roof.[47]
10 Melbourne Central
(350 Elizabeth Street)
Melbourne Central.jpg 211
(692)
53 N/A N/A 1991 Office City Centre 26th-tallest building in Australia; 18th-tallest building in Australia to roof.[48]
11 Freshwater Place North
(1 Queensbridge Square)
PriceWaterHouseCoppers & Freshwate Place.jpg 205
(673)
60 N/A 2002 2005 Residential Southbank 28th-tallest building in Australia; 21st-tallest building in Australia to roof.[49]
12 Abode318
(312-318 Russell Street)
Abode318 29 August 2014.jpg 187
(614)
57 2007 2011 2015 Residential City Centre Designed by Elenberg Fraser[50]
=13 Sofitel Hotel at Collins Place
(35 Collins Street)
35CollinStreet1.JPG 185
(607)
50 N/A N/A 1980 Mixed Use City Centre Completed in 1980, it became the city's tallest building, until it was surpassed by the Rialto Towers in 1986.[51][52] 1980–86
ANZ Tower at Collins Place
(55 Collins Street)
Collins Place (ANZ) 2008.jpg 185
(607)
46 1970 1973 1978 Office City Centre Completed in 1978, it became the city's tallest building, until it was surpassed by the Sofitel Hotel in 1980, also at Collins Place. Tallest building completed during the 1970s.[51][53] 1978–80
15 Nauru House
(80 Collins Street)
Nauru house.JPG 182
(597)
54 N/A N/A 1977 Office City Centre Completed in 1977, it briefly became the city's tallest building, until it was surpassed by the ANZ Tower at Collins Place in 1978.[51][54] 1977–78
16 MY80
(410 Elizabeth Street)
My80 10 May 2014.png 173
(568)
55 2010 2011 2014 Residential City Centre Designed by Hayball Architecture[55]
17 Upper West Side Tower 5
(33 Rose Lane)
170
(557)
53 2011 2013 2016 Residential City Centre Tallest building of the Upper West Side complex. Building also referred to as 'Manhattan'. Topped–out in March 2016.[56]
18 385 Bourke Street 385 Bourke Street.jpg 169
(554)
45 N/A N/A 1983 Office City Centre Designed by Norman Disney & Young[57]
19 Zen Apartments
(27 Therry Street)
Zen Apartments in December 2013 crop.png 168
(551)
50 2008 2009 2012 Residential City Centre Designed by Urban Design Architects[58]
=20 Platinum Tower One
(245-263 City Road)
Platinum Tower, Jan. 2016 1.png 167
(548)
52 2011 2014 2016 Residential Southbank Designed by Squillace. Topped–out in January 2016.[59]
530 Collins Street 530 Collins Street.jpg 167
(548)
43 N/A N/A 1991 Office City Centre Designed by Peddle Thorp Architects[60]
22 Casselden Place
(2 Lonsdale Street)
Casselden Place in 2014.jpg 166
(545)
43 N/A N/A 1992 Office City Centre Designed by HASSELL[61]
23 Ernst & Young Tower
(8 Exhibition Street, Melbourne)
Ernst & Young Tower, 2006.jpg 165
(541)
40 2001 2003 2005 Mixed Use City Centre Designed by Denton Corker Marshall[39][62]
24 SX Stage 1
(121 Exhibition Street)
Southern cross tower.jpg 163
(535)
40 N/A 2003 2005 Office City Centre Designed by Woods Bagot Melbourne[63]
=25 Royal Domain Tower
(368 St Kilda Road)
Royal Domain Tower, 2013.jpg 162
(532)
43 N/A 2003 2005 Residential St Kilda Road Tallest building within the St Kilda Road precinct of Melbourne, and only building to reach a height of 150 metres in this precinct. Designed by Meinhardt Group.[64]
ANZ World Headquarters
(100 Queen Street)
Anz world headquarters queen street melbourne.jpg 162
(532)
37 N/A N/A 1993 Office City Centre Designed by Peddle Thorp Architects[65]
=27 National Bank House
(500 Bourke Street)
Nab tower Melb.jpg 161
(528)
40 N/A N/A 1978 Office City Centre [66]
2 Southbank Boulevard PWC Tower, Jan. 2016.png 161
(528)
40 N/A 2002 2005 Office Southbank Designed by Bates Smart[67]
29 Verve 501 Swanston Tower
(501 Swanston Street)
Verve 501 Swanston Tower in 2011.jpg 159
(522)
45 N/A 2004 2006 Mixed Use City Centre Designed by Urban Design Architects[68]
30 Upper West Side Tower 2
(Lonsdale Street)
UWS Madison, June 2015.jpg 156
(512)
50 N/A 2011 2014 Residential City Centre 2nd-tallest building of the Upper West Side complex. Building also referred to as 'Madison'.[69]
=31 Optus Centre
(367 Collins Street)
Optus Centre 2a.jpg 153
(503)
34 N/A N/A 1975 Office City Centre Completed in 1975, it became the city's tallest building, until it was surpassed by Nauru House in 1977.[51][70] 1975–77
Crown Towers
(8 Whiteman Street)
Crown Towers, Melbourne Australia in 2010.jpg 153
(503)
43 N/A N/A 1997 Hotel Southbank Tallest of three Crown hotels in Melbourne, with the other hotels being Crown Promenade and Crown Metropol. Designed by Hudson Conway Architects and Daryl Jackson.[71]
140 William Street 140 William St - Photo 1.jpg 153
(503)
41 N/A 1969 1972 Office City Centre Completed in 1972, it became the city's tallest building, until it was surpassed by Optus Centre in 1975, by 50 centimetres.[51][72][73] Recipient of the RVIA Victorian Architects award in 1975.[74] 1972–75
34 Urban Workshop Lonsdale
(50 Lonsdale Street)
Urban Workshop Lonsdale, June 2015.jpg 150
(492)
34 N/A N/A 2005 Office City Centre Designed by HASSELL, John Wardle Architects and B+N Group[75]

Tallest buildings by precinct[edit]

This lists the tallest building in each precinct of Melbourne based on standard height measurement.

Rank Name Height Storeys Precinct
of Melbourne
Completion
List
1 1 Eureka Tower 297 m (974 ft) 91 Southbank 2006
2 2 120 Collins Street 265 m (869 ft) 52 City Centre 1991
3 =24 Royal Domain Tower 162 m (531 ft) 43 St Kilda Road 2005
4 Yarra's Edge Tower 5 134 m (440 ft) 41 Docklands 2005[76]
5 Vogue 126 m (413 ft) 31 South Yarra 2012[77]
6 Park Towers 92 m (302 ft) 31 South Melbourne 1968[78]

Tallest buildings by function[edit]

This lists the tallest buildings in Melbourne by their respective functions—office, hotel, residential and mixed–use—based on standard height measurement.

Rank Name Height Storeys Function Completion
List
1 1 Eureka Tower 297 m (974 ft) 91 Residential 2006
2 2 120 Collins Street 265 m (869 ft) 52 Office 1991
3 =6 568 Collins Street 224 m (735 ft) 68 Mixed–use 2015
4 =33 Crown Towers 153 m (502 ft) 43 Hotel 1997

Buildings at least 200 metres in height[edit]

Melbourne comprises 11 skyscrapers which reach a height of at least 200 metres (660 ft) – more than any other city within Australia and Oceania. Of those, 8 skyscrapers are located within the City Centre, and 3 are located within Southbank. Another 6 skyscrapers are currently under construction, 5 of which are to be built in the City Centre, and the remaining 1 in Southbank.

Buildings above 200 metres in height in Melbourne. Buildings in orange are in the construction phase.

Historical tallest buildings[edit]

This section lists the top-10 tallest buildings in Melbourne every half-decade since 1980. By 1980, all buildings within the top-10 listing reached a height of 100 metres (330 ft); in 1995, the threshold increased to 150 metres (490 ft); and again in 2015, to 200 metres (660 ft).[79]

1980
Rank Building Height Built Diagram
1 Sofitel Hotel 185 m (607 ft) 1980 Melbourne1980.png
ANZ Tower 185 m (607 ft) 1978
3 Nauru House 182 m (597 ft) 1977
4 National Bank House 161 m (528 ft) 1978
5 Optus Centre 153 m (502 ft) 1975
6 140 William Street 152 m (499 ft) 1972
7 360 Collins Street 142 m (466 ft) 1978
8 Marland House 121 m (397 ft) 1971
9 303 Collins Street 120 m (390 ft) 1973
10 AMP Square 114 m (374 ft) 1969
1985
Rank Building Height Built Diagram
1 Sofitel Hotel 185 m (607 ft) 1980 Melbourne1985.png
ANZ Tower 185 m (607 ft) 1978
3 Nauru House 182 m (597 ft) 1977
4 385 Bourke Street 169 m (554 ft) 1983
5 National Bank House 161 m (528 ft) 1978
6 Optus Centre 153 m (502 ft) 1975
7 140 William Street 152 m (499 ft) 1972
8 360 Collins Street 142 m (466 ft) 1978
9 200 Queen Street 130 m (430 ft) 1983
10 Marland House 121 m (397 ft) 1971
1990
Rank Building Height Built Diagram
1 Rialto Towers 251 m (823 ft) 1986 Melbourne1990.png
2 Sofitel Hotel 185 m (607 ft) 1980
ANZ Tower 185 m (607 ft) 1978
4 Nauru House 182 m (597 ft) 1977
5 385 Bourke Street 169 m (554 ft) 1983
6 National Bank House 161 m (528 ft) 1978
7 Optus Centre 153 m (502 ft) 1975
8 140 William Street 152 m (499 ft) 1972
9 360 Collins Street 142 m (466 ft) 1978
10 1 Spring Street 132 m (433 ft) 1988
1995
Rank Building Height Built Diagram
1 120 Collins Street 265 m (869 ft) 1991 Melbourne1995&2000.png
2 101 Collins Street 260 m (850 ft) 1991
3 Rialto Towers 251 m (823 ft) 1986
4 Bourke Place 224 m (735 ft) 1991
5 Telstra Corporate Centre 218 m (715 ft) 1992
6 Melbourne Central 211 m (692 ft) 1991
7 Sofitel Hotel 185 m (607 ft) 1980
ANZ Tower 185 m (607 ft) 1978
9 Nauru House 182 m (597 ft) 1977
10 385 Bourke Street 169 m (554 ft) 1983
2000
Rank Building Height Built Diagram
1 120 Collins Street 265 m (869 ft) 1991 Melbourne1995&2000.png
2 101 Collins Street 260 m (850 ft) 1991
3 Rialto Towers 251 m (823 ft) 1986
4 Bourke Place 224 m (735 ft) 1991
5 Telstra Corporate Centre 218 m (715 ft) 1992
6 Melbourne Central 211 m (692 ft) 1991
7 Sofitel Hotel 185 m (607 ft) 1980
ANZ Tower 185 m (607 ft) 1978
9 Nauru House 182 m (597 ft) 1977
10 385 Bourke Street 169 m (554 ft) 1983
2005
Rank Building Height Built Diagram
1 120 Collins Street 265 m (869 ft) 1991 Melbourne2005.png
2 101 Collins Street 260 m (850 ft) 1991
3 Rialto Towers 251 m (823 ft) 1986
4 Bourke Place 224 m (735 ft) 1991
5 Telstra Corporate Centre 218 m (715 ft) 1992
6 Melbourne Central 211 m (692 ft) 1991
7 Freshwater Place North 205 m (673 ft) 2005
8 Sofitel Hotel 185 m (607 ft) 1980
ANZ Tower 185 m (607 ft) 1978
10 Nauru House 182 m (597 ft) 1977
2010
Rank Building Height Built Diagram
1 Eureka Tower 297 m (974 ft) 2006 Melbourne2010.png
2 120 Collins Street 265 m (869 ft) 1991
3 101 Collins Street 260 m (850 ft) 1991
4 Rialto Towers 251 m (823 ft) 1986
5 Bourke Place 224 m (735 ft) 1991
6 Telstra Corporate Centre 218 m (715 ft) 1992
7 Melbourne Central 211 m (692 ft) 1991
8 Freshwater Place North 205 m (673 ft) 2005
9 Sofitel Hotel 185 m (607 ft) 1980
ANZ Tower 185 m (607 ft) 1978
2015
Rank Building Height Built Diagram
1 Eureka Tower 297 m (974 ft) 2006 Melbourne2015.png
2 120 Collins Street 265 m (869 ft) 1991
3 101 Collins Street 260 m (850 ft) 1991
4 Prima Pearl 254 m (833 ft) 2014
5 Rialto Towers 251 m (823 ft) 1986
=6 568 Collins Street 224 m (735 ft) 2015
=6 Bourke Place 224 m (735 ft) 1991
8 Telstra Corporate Centre 218 m (715 ft) 1992
9 Melbourne Central 211 m (692 ft) 1991
10 Freshwater Place North 205 m (673 ft) 2005
2020
Rank Building Height Built Diagram
1 Australia 108 317 m (1,040 ft) 2020 Melbourne2020.png
2 Eureka Tower 297 m (974 ft) 2006
3 Aurora Melbourne Central 269 m (883 ft) 2019
4 120 Collins Street 265 m (869 ft) 1991
5 101 Collins Street 260 m (850 ft) 1991
6 Prima Pearl 254 m (833 ft) 2014
7 Rialto Towers 251 m (823 ft) 1986
8 Victoria One 246 m (807 ft) 2018
=9 568 Collins Street 224 m (735 ft) 2015
=9 Bourke Place 224 m (735 ft) 1991

Timeline of tallest buildings[edit]

This lists buildings that once held the title of "tallest building in Melbourne".

Name Image Years as tallest Height floors Notes
Kew Asylum Kew Asylum.jpg 1871–76 30 m (98 ft) 5
Yorkshire Brewery Tower[72] Yorkshire Brewery Tower.jpg 1876–88 34 m (112 ft) 8
Fink's Building[72] 1888–89 43 m (141 ft) 10
The Australian Building[72] The Australian Building.jpg 1889–1932 53 m (174 ft) 12
Manchester Unity Building[80] Manchester Unity Building (1932) with Burke and Wills.jpg 1932–55 64 m (210 ft) 13
Orica House[72] Orica House.jpg 1955–62 81 m (266 ft) 20
CRA Building 1962–69 99 m (325 ft) 26
AMP Square[72] AMP Tower Melb.jpg 1969–71 113 m (371 ft) 28
Marland House[72] Marland House 2007.jpg 1971–72 121 m (397 ft) 32
140 William Street[72] 140 william st.jpg 1972–75 152 m (499 ft) 41
Optus Centre Optus Centre 2a.jpg 1975–77 153 m (502 ft) 34
Nauru House Nauru House AON.jpg 1977–78 182 m (597 ft) 52
ANZ Tower at Collins Place 35 and 55 from Collins Street.JPG 1978–80 185 m (607 ft) 56
Sofitel Hotel at Collins Place 35CollinStreet1.JPG 1980–86 185 m (607 ft) 50
Rialto Towers Rialto Towers, Melbourne.jpg 1986–91 251 m (823 ft) 63 Tallest building in Australia (1986–1991)
101 Collins Street 101 Collins Street December 2009.jpg 1991 260 m (850 ft) 50 Tallest building in Australia (to spire) (1991)
120 Collins Street 120 Collins Street west facade upper detail.jpg 1991–2006 265 m (869 ft) 52 Tallest building in Australia (to spire) (1991–2005)
Eureka Tower EurekaTower DSCN12211.jpg 2006–present 297 m (974 ft) 92 Tallest building in Australia (to roof) (2006–present)

Major future projects[edit]

This is a list of currently Topped Out, Under Construction, Approved and Proposed highrise / skyscrapers set for Melbourne.[81]

Australia 108 under construction in November 2015. The project is expected to be completed in 2020.
Victoria One under construction in January 2016. The project is expected to be completed in 2018.
Key:
Topped Out Under Construction Approved Proposed
Vision Apartments under construction in November 2015. The project is expected to be completed in 2016.
Eq. Tower under construction in November 2015. The project is expected to be completed in 2017.
Empire Melbourne under construction in November 2015. The project is expected to be completed in 2017.
35 Spring Street under construction in July 2016. The project is expected to be completed by 2017.
Southbank Central under construction in November 2015. The project is expected to be completed in 2017.
Name Height Storeys Purpose Precinct
of Melbourne
Completion Status
m ft
One Queensbridge 323 1,060 90 Mixed Use Southbank TBA Proposed[82]
Australia 108 317 1,040 100 Residential Southbank 2020[83] Under Construction[84]
25-35 Power Street 280 920 71 Mixed Use Southbank TBA Approved[85][86]
640 Bourke Street 273 896 85 Residential City Centre TBA Proposed[87]
West Side Place Tower 1 270 890 85 Residential City Centre TBA Approved[88][89][90][91]
Aurora Melbourne Central 269 883 88 Residential City Centre 2019 Under Construction[92][93][94]
280 Queen Street 252 827 80 Residential City Centre TBA Approved[95][96]
Queens Place Tower 2 249 817 79 Residential City Centre TBA Approved[97][98][99]
Premier Tower 249 817 78 Residential City Centre TBA Approved[100]
Queens Place Tower 1 247 810 79 Residential City Centre TBA Approved[97][99][101]
Victoria One 246 807 75 Residential City Centre 2018 Under Construction[102][103][104][105]
Elysium 244 801 75 Residential Southbank TBA Approved[106][107][108]
383 La Trobe Street 242 794 70 Mixed Use City Centre TBA Proposed[109][110]
West Side Place Tower 2 240 790 75 Residential City Centre TBA Approved[89][90][91]
51-65 Clarke Street 239 784 73 Residential Southbank TBA Proposed[111]
Swanston Central 237 778 72 Residential City Centre TBA Approved[112]
85-93 Lorimer Street 234 768 74 Residential Docklands TBA Proposed[113]
556-558 Lonsdale Street 234 768 67 Residential City Centre TBA Proposed[114]
West Side Place Tower 4 230 750 68 Residential City Centre TBA Approved[89][90][91]
295 City Road 228 748 70 Residential Southbank TBA Proposed[115][116]
93–119 Kavanagh Street Tower 1 226 741 72 Residential Southbank TBA Approved[117][118][119]
93–119 Kavanagh Street Tower 2 226 741 72 Residential Southbank TBA Approved[117][118][119]
Tower Melbourne 226 741 71 Residential City Centre TBA Approved[120][121][122]
71-87 City Road 225 738 67 Residential Southbank TBA Proposed[123]
Vision Apartments 223 732 72 Residential City Centre 2016 Topped Out[46][124]
268-274 City Road 222 728 70 Residential Southbank TBA Proposed[125]
380 Lonsdale Street (North tower) 218 715 67 Residential City Centre TBA Approved[126][127][128]
158 City Road 218 715 65 Residential Southbank TBA Proposed[129]
Light House Melbourne 218 715 62 Residential City Centre 2018 Under Construction[130][131][132]
97 Franklin Street 216 709 62 Residential City Centre TBA Approved[133]
293-303 La Trobe Street 213 699 66 Residential City Centre TBA Proposed[134]
295-309 King Street 211 692 63 Residential City Centre TBA Approved[135][136]
111-125 A’Beckett Street 210 690 65 Residential City Centre TBA Proposed[137]
West Side Place Tower 3 210 690 63 Residential City Centre TBA Approved[89][90][91]
272 Queen Street 210 690 62 Mixed Use City Centre TBA Approved[138][139]
478-488 Elizabeth Street 208 682 68 Residential City Centre TBA Proposed[140]
88 Melbourne 208 682 60 Residential Southbank TBA Approved[141]
183-189 A'Beckett Street 206 676 67 Residential City Centre TBA Proposed[142]
Eq. Tower 202 663 63 Residential City Centre 2017 Under Construction[143][144][145]
Collins House 200 660 61 Residential City Centre 2018 Under Construction[146][147]
Empire Melbourne 197 646 62 Residential City Centre 2017 Under Construction[148][149][150][151]
256–260 City Road 193 633 61 Residential Southbank TBA Approved[152][153][154]
334-344 City Road 190 620 57 Residential Southbank TBA Proposed[155]
80-82 Collins Street 187 614 36 Office City Centre TBA Approved[156]
140 King Street 186 610 59 Residential City Centre TBA Proposed[157]
93–119 Kavanagh Street Tower 5 180 590 54 Hotel Southbank TBA Approved[117][118][119]
Capitol Grand 178 584 50 Residential South Yarra TBA Approved[158][159]
582-606 Collins Street 176 577 54 Residential City Centre TBA Approved[160]
93–119 Kavanagh Street Tower 3 175 574 56 Residential Southbank TBA Approved[117][118][119]
93–119 Kavanagh Street Tower 4 175 574 56 Residential Southbank TBA Approved[117][118][119]
60–82 Johnson Street Twin Towers 1 175 574 51 Residential South Melbourne TBA Approved[161][162]
60–82 Johnson Street Twin Towers 2 175 574 51 Residential South Melbourne TBA Approved[161][162]
441–447 Elizabeth Street 173 568 55 Residential City Centre TBA Proposed[163]
Upper West Side Tower 5 170 560 52 Residential City Centre 2016 Topped Out[56]
65-71 Haig Street 169 554 55 Residential Southbank TBA Proposed[164]
Avant 167 548 56 Residential City Centre 2018[165] Under Construction[166][167]
Platinum Tower One 167 548 52 Residential Southbank 2016 Topped Out[168][59]
380 Lonsdale Street (South tower) 167 548 51 Residential City Centre TBA Approved[126][127]
35 Spring Street 166 545 43 Residential City Centre 2017 Under Construction[169][170][171]
134–142 Ferrars Street 165 541 49 Residential South Melbourne TBA Proposed[172]
228-238 Normanby Road 164 538 49 Residential South Melbourne TBA Approved[173]
The Fifth 165 541 52 Residential City Centre 2017 Under Construction[174]
405 Bourke Street 161 528 39 Office City Centre TBA Proposed[175]
54-68 Kavanagh Street 159 522 52 Residential Southbank TBA Approved[176]
477 Collins Street 158 518 38 Office City Centre TBA Approved[177][178]
57 Haig Street 156 512 47 Residential Southbank TBA Proposed[179]
Southbank Central 153 502 48 Residential Southbank 2017 Under Construction[180][181]
Shadow Play 153 502 52 Residential Southbank 2018 Under Construction[182][183]

Major cancelled or vision projects[edit]

This is a list of cancelled or vision skyscraper proposals that were previously set for Melbourne.

The 1997 design of the Grollo Tower, proposed for the Docklands precinct of Melbourne.
Key:
Cancelled Vision
Name Height Storeys Purpose Precinct
of Melbourne
Proposed Status
m ft
Grollo Tower 680 2,230 137 Mixed Use Docklands 1997 Cancelled[184]
South Pacific Centre 610 2,000 150 Mixed Use Docklands Vision[185]
Grollo Tower 560 1,840 113 Mixed Use Docklands 2001 Cancelled[184]
555 Collins Street 404 1,325 82 Office City Centre 2013 Cancelled[186]
Australia 108 388 1,273 108 Mixed Use Southbank 2012 Cancelled[186]
Victoria Central Tower 380 1,250 80 Mixed Use City Centre Cancelled[187]
Melbourne Plaza 338 1,109 53 Office City Centre Cancelled[188]
Queensbridge Tower 308 1,010 84 Mixed Use Southbank 2011 Vision[189]
433-455 Collins Street 300 980 Mixed Use City Centre 2014 Cancelled[190]
555 Collins Street 298 978 91 Mixed Use City Centre 2014 Cancelled[191]
447 Collins Street Twin Towers 1 165 541 47 Office City Centre 2015 Cancelled[192]
447 Collins Street Twin Towers 2 165 541 47 Office City Centre 2015 Cancelled[192]

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