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Australia's future top 10 tallest skyscrapers

Australia's future top 10 tallest skyscrapers

With Urban.com.au's Project Database now being expanded to encompass all of Australia, and more national content appearing on the site, it seemed like a good opportunity to highlight the country's future top 10 tallest skyscrapers on the horizon, not including those already completed.

Not surprisingly the eastern seaboard cities are leading the charge, with Gold Coast possibly losing and quickly regaining the title should the Orion Towers development come to fruition (no spire required this time).  Melbourne boasts four potential entries, Brisbane and Gold Coast share half the towers between them, while Sydney has a solitary entry on the list in the form of Crown's hotel and resort development at Barangaroo.

#1. Orion Towers (South Tower) | Gold Coast | 103-storeys | 328m

Australia's future top 10 tallest skyscrapers
Orion Towers' South Tower would become the tallest in Australia. Image: Woods Bagot

The $1.2b twin-tower development in Surfers Paradise known as Orion Towers will host the tallest building in the Southern Hemisphere, soaring 103 storeys high for a total height of 328m, inching out Melbourne's One Queensbridge by 5m. The development will also feature Australia’s highest observation restaurant on level 101 offering 360-degree views.

#2. One Queensbridge | Melbourne | 90-storeys | 323m

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One Queensbridge should it proceed, would eclipse Australia 108. Image: Schiavello

A JV between Crown Resorts and Schiavello, the Wilkinson Eyre designed goliath is yet to commence, despite approval from the Planning Minister and an expression of interest campaign.

The Age reported late last month that as part of the approval, a deadline for February 2019 had been set to commence construction of the project, yet no update plans have been submitted for final endorsement.

This doesn't necessarily indicate that the project won't happen but rather that a project of this magnitude takes time to get off the ground. 

#3. Australia 108 | Melbourne | 100-storeys | 317m

Australia's future top 10 tallest skyscrapers
Australia 108 races along to its title of Melbourne's tallest. Images (L-R): FK | Mark Baljak

Melbourne's tallest building and the tallest residential tower in the southern Hemisphere (to roof) is continuing its rise opposite sister tower, Eureka.

Australia 108's core recently reached level 60 with the floorplates now well over the halfway mark. This has also coincided with the first residents beginning to move in as part of completion of stage 1 this month. You can read more about it here.

#4. Spirit | Gold Coast | 89-storeys | 298m

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Spirit on the Gold Coast will launch to the market next month. Image: Forise Holdings

Designed by DBI Design who have previously designed other notable towers on the Gold Coast such as Oracle, Jewel, SOUL Tower and The Wave, Spirit was to have been the tallest building to roof in Surfers Paradise prior to Orion Towers' entry onto the list.

The design features a dramatic wave across its facade similar to The Wave, but on a grander scale. The current proposal replaces an earlier scheme for Iluka Tower, following Forise Holdings purchase of the site in 2015.

#5. Cienna Square Tower II | Gold Coast | 88-storeys | 280m

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Cienna Square will be developed on the site of the former Regent Cinema. Image: DBI Design

DBI Design's second entry on the list is for a dual tower on the Southport site of the former Regent Cinema, which has remained empty since it was cleared to pave way for a now unbuilt scheme back in 1989.

Cienna Square received preliminary approval back in April 2016.

#6. Crown Sydney Hotel & Resort | Sydney | 75-storeys | 271m

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Crown Sydney Hotel and Resort will be built within Barangaroo. Image: Wilkinson Eyre

Crown Resorts' second tower on the list sees it once again collaborating with architects Wilkinson Eyre on what is set to become Sydney's tallest building, capping off the Barangaroo development.

The tower is currently under construction and targeting a late 2019 completion. 

#7. Brisbane Skytower | Brisbane | 90-storeys | 270m

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Brisbane's under construction Skytower. Images (L-R): Billbergia | Ozscrapers member fyturis

Billbergia and AMP Capital's joint venture project, Skytower will become Brisbane's tallest tower and bookend the southern edge of the CBD, with the under-construction tower rising directly opposite the Botanic Gardens.

#8. 240 Margaret Street | Brisbane | 87-storeys | 270m 

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240 Margaret with the neighouring U/C Skytower. Image: World Class Land

World Class Land's second entry on the list following its Australia 108 project will reach the same height as the neighbouring Skytower development. This is the maximum height allowed in Brisbane as a result of Brisbane Airport radar shadowing issues.

#9. West Side Place - Tower A | Melbourne | 81-storeys | 270m

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Stage 1 of West Side Place is currently under construction. Images (L-R): FEC | forum member redden

Far East Consortium's second Melbourne development has begun rising on the city's western edge, continuing the transformation of the once-maligned Spencer Street. The first stage which comprises two towers will feature the development's tallest tower comprising apartments and Melbourne's first Ritz Carlton hotel.

#10. Aurora Melbourne Central | Melbourne | 84-storeys | 269m

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Aurora Melbourne Central will top out by year's end. Images (L-R): UEM Sunrise | Mark Baljak

Probuild recently announced that the tower's core has passed the height of Melbourne Central's antennae. The 84-storey behemoth will further add to Melbourne's growing number of skyscrapers on the CBD's northern fringe and in the process become the tallest tower within the Hoddle Grid.

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Nicholas Harrison's picture

It will be interesting to find out where Southbank by Beulah fits into this list after the architectural competition is completed.

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