Described as the southern hemisphere’s tallest residential tower, Australia 108 was recently completed in Melbourne. The impressive building catches the eye with a striking gold “Starburst” on its exterior that’s inspired by the Australian flag.
Though it’s debatable whether or not Melbourne’s Australia 108 is the Southern Hemisphere’s tallest residential skyscraper as claimed by designer Fender Katsalidis, it’s certainly one of a kind.
The impressive building stands out from other supertall skyscrapers with a gold-colored “Starburst” on its exterior that’s inspired by the Commonwealth Star on the Australian flag.
To get its defining feature out of the way first, the so-called Starburst enlivens the glass tower and protrudes 6 m (19.6 ft) out from the main structure in the shape of a star at around two-thirds of the way up the building. It hosts the predictably named “Star Club”, which features enviable amenities for residents, including two infinity swimming pools, lounges, meeting spaces, dining rooms, a theater, two gyms, and a vertical sky garden.
The question of Australia 108’s relative height is complicated but worth explaining. According to Fender Katsalidis, the skyscraper reaches a maximum height of 319 m (1,046 ft) and is indeed the Southern Hemisphere’s tallest residential building – as long as we’re ignoring spires.
However, the Council On Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) uses the building height by architectural top, which includes spires, for its official height rankings. This yardstick would make Australia 108 a “mere” 316.7 m (1,039 ft) in height and the Q1 Tower in Queensland, which is also a residential tower, slightly taller at 322.5 m (1,058 ft). There’s merit to both arguments, but we follow the lead of the CTBUH with this sort of thing.