Eureka Tower - 7 Riverside Quay. MELBOURNE [Walking Melbourne Building Information]
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Eureka Tower: 7 Riverside Quay, MELBOURNE

Eureka Tower

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Building Profile

Name : Eureka Tower

Location

Address: 7 Riverside Quay
City: MELBOURNE

Postcode: 3000


Eureka Tower is a landmark

Construction Details

Built: 2002 - 2006
Original use: Residential (Apartments)
Current use: Residential (Apartments)

Height
(to roof) : 300 metres
(to pinnacle) : 300 metres
number of floors : 91

Built in the Georgian period in the Modern style

Notable features

The tower was built using reinforced concrete using a slipform method. Eureka Tower's lift core superseded the height of Rialto Towers on November 9, 2004. On May 23, 2006, the crane on top of the tower was dismantled by a smaller crane, which was dismantled by a smaller crane that could be taken down the service elevator. Eureka Tower has 24 carat (100%) gold plated glass windows on the top 10 floors of the building. Installation of the gold glass was completed in March 2006. Apartment owners and tenants had taken up residence in the building between Ground Level and Level 80 as at July 2006. The Summit levels, floors 82 to 87, contain only one apartment per floor: each apartment had an original price tag of A$7 million just for the empty space; Purchasers were required to fit out the apartment at additional cost. Skydeck 88 also features 'The Edge' - a glass cube which projects 3 metres out from the building - with visitors inside - suspended almost 300 metres above the ground. When you enter, the glass is opaque as the cube moves out over the edge of the building. Once fully extended over the edge, the glass becomes clear to the sounds of smashing glass and machine malfunctions When finished, the Eureka Tower was the world's second tallest residential building, having the most floors available for residential occupancy in the world, when measured either by the height of its roof, or by the height of its highest habitable floor. The building stands 297.3 m in height (300 m above sea level), with 91 storeys above ground plus one basement level. It is one of only six buildings in the world with 90 or more storeys but is merely the 38th tallest building in the world, due to the fact that it does not have a spire or antenna, as well as the fact that apartment buildings generally require less height between floors than office buildings.

History

On October 11, 2006, the tower was officially opened by then-Victorian Premier Steve Bracks.

Architect: Fender Katsalidis


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