Building Spotlight – Eureka Tower

Mar 14 2012 / 6:09 am Was written by Atwell & Co. Comments Off

If you have ever seen the Melbourne skyline you have probably notice the Eureka tower that was completed in 2006. The tower located in Southbank, Melbourne, is the work of a joint venture between Grocon and private investor, Tab Fried. The tower was the tallest residential building in the world, until it was surpassed by Ocean Heights in Dubai.

The Eureka skyscraper is an astounding 297 meters tall and is one of the tallest buildings in Melbourne. The construction of the tower was started in 2001 and completed in 2006. If you travel up to the 88th floor, in one of the Eureka towers speed elevators that travel at 9 meters per second, you will arrive at the Eureka Skydeck. The Skydeck will provide you with an astounding view of Melbourne and its surroundings. The Eureka Skydeck is the highest public observation area in the southern hemisphere. Check out their site for weather information, see what events they have going on or purchase your tickets online.

The architectural firm, Fender Katsalidis Architects, designed the Eureka Tower, which is named after a stockade during the Victorian gold rush of 1854. The eureka tower features have the Victorian gold rush theme throughout the design. The Eureka tower is crowned with a gold cap. The Victorian Gold rush theme can be seen throughout the building’s design, right down to the horizontal stripes on the building that resemble a surveyor’s staff. The building also features a red stripe to represent the blood that was shed at the stockades.

The building is the second tallest building in Australia and the tallest to rooftop. It is the tallest building with habitable space. The eureka tower is no less than impressive with a total of 556 apartments, 13 elevators that travel at nine meters per second, 52,000 square meters of windows, 3680 stairs and weighing in at 200,000 tons. Very impressive!

The building also features a balance system that uses 300,000 liter tanks to counter act movements from the wind. The pumps that are located on the 90th and 91st floors constantly pump water to balancing tanks to counter act the effects of wind on this second tallest building in Melbourne.

If you are looking to buy an apartment on one of the summit levels – from the 82nd to the 87th floor – you can expect to pay about $7 million to have an apartment on a summit floor all to yourself. Although, having an apartment in this building with its views can be well worth the price.

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