Guy approves Melbourne's most 'skinny' tower for Southbank

Melbourne’s most slender tower has been approved for Southbank, measuring just 12 metres wide at its narrowest point.

Minister for planning Matthew Guy approved the tower today, which will stand 240 metres high with 73 storeys.

“Melbourne is proud to be developing some of the most innovative and advanced skyscraper designs in the world,” says Guy.

“While other skinny buildings are called ‘pencil towers’, this building displays a slender, twisting flower stem design. 54 Clarke Street has strong architectural features to ensure it embodies a slender, sophisticated style all the way from a 'webbed' foundation at ground level.

“This proposed skyscraper at 54 Clarke Street is similar to slender skyscrapers in major cities overseas, like New York’s skinny towers One Madison Park or 785 Eighth Street,” says Guy.

The tower, designed by Melbourne architectural firm BKK (Black Kosloff Knott) will feature 256 apartments and a ground-level café.

The tower follows in the footsteps of Melbourne’s first skinny building -the Phoenix building – at 108 Flinders Street.

Guy says there are six built or approved buildings in Melbourne that are taller than the 54 Clarke Street site, but none as slender.

“Melbourne's engineering, design and construction skills base provides a strong foundation for investment and highly skilled employment growth into the future.

“This is a key part of the Coalition strategy of growing the economy, and increasing jobs for our future,” says Guy.

ntrotman@propertyobserver.com.au

Nicola Trotman

Nicola Trotman

With a penchant for the written word, Nicola has built a career doing just this – now Creative Director at thriving Melbourne-based PR agency, Greenpoint Media.

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