Some of Melbourne's largest projects are now reaching the construction stage, escaping the wrath of recent planning rules in the central business district that would have capped the height of multiple towers if they'd been planned today. The 317-metre Australia 108 will become the tallest apartment building in the southern hemisphere, an achievement that would not be possible under current planning rules. 

Australia 108 rendering, image via Fender Katsalidis Architects

The landmark 100-storey development by Singaporean builder World Class Land — a subsidiary of Aspial Corporation — will become the country's tallest building when measured by roof height. The soaring spire of Q1 in Gold Coast, which stretches to a height greater than any building in Australia, will maintain the distinction of tallest building for the foreseeable future. 

Australia 108 rendering, image via Fender Katsalidis Architects

A gold-clad protrusion — inspired by the Australian flag — will house the Star Club at 210 metres high. Providing a range of extravagant health, wellbeing, and entertainment options, the two-storey starburst is set to contain a fitness centre, pool, garden, and dining room. A penthouse on the 100th floor, which sold for a cool $25 million AUD, is just one of 1,105 units in the building. 

Australia 108 rendering, image via Fender Katsalidis Architects

As its name suggests, the tower would have risen 108 floors, but conflicts with federal air safety standards at Essendon Airport forced a reduction in height. Though it's still tall enough to likely cause some weather-related delays during construction. From level 60 upwards, the building will be exposed to all the elements, unshielded by its neighbours. If strong winds persist, the tower crane will not be operable. Fortunately, crews have allocated extra time to accommodate any delays. 

Australia 108 rendering, image via Fender Katsalidis Architects

The Fender Katsalidis Architects-designed tower will be fully complete by 2020, with lower levels beginning occupancy in 2018 as construction progresses. Additional images and information can be found in the Database file linked below. Want to get involved in the discussion or share your photos? Check out the associated Forum thread or leave a comment at the bottom of this page.

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