Melbourne’s skyscraper record is impressive, by any standards. The city has a history of tall buildings, just as other cities such as Chicago and New York. From the top of Melbourne’s newly crowned tallest building, Eureka Tower, you can see all the way to Warburton on a clear day. Visitors can take in 360 degree views of the Melbourne CBD and gain stunning views to the Dandenong ranges and across Port Phillip Bay. “The trip of a lifetime in the fastest elevator in the Southern Hemisphere is soon to open in Melbourne, Australia. Eureka Tower is going to expose its Observation Deck, the highest public vantage point in the Southern Hemisphere, adding another unique activity for visitors to Melbourne” said Sandra Chipchase, CEO, Melbourne Convention + Visitors Bureau. The construction company and developers are also considering options for the building to have a “skywalk” that would take daring people up 350 meters high.
The two lifts servicing the observation decks will be the fastest in Australia, traveling at nine meters per second enabling the elevators to reach their destination in a mere 40 seconds. The public observatory is on level 88 is at 282 meters above ground level, making it the highest in Australia and the Southern Hemisphere. Eureka Tower is 300 meters and 92 storeys high and includes 560 apartments. This slim-line, sculptural tower estimated at $500(Australian) has been designed by Melbourne architectural firm Fender Katsalidis Australia and is being built by Grocon (Grollo Australia).
Eureka Tower will have the second highest apartments in the world on completion with the highest being the John Hancock Center in Chicago. Eureka Tower’s lift core superseded the height of Rialto Towers in Melbourne.