Eureka Tower
7 Riverside Quay, Melbourne 3000.
 
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Eureaka Tower
Summary:
  • Built between 2002-06.
  • Designed by Fender Katsalidis.
  • Not listed on the Victorian Heritage Register.
Building Description:

The 91-storey Eureka Tower is Australia's second-tallest tower at 297.3 metres in height and was built entirely for residential purposes. When complete, the Eureka Tower was the world's second-tallest residential tower. Construction began in August 2002 and the exterior was completed on 1 June 2006. The building was officially opened on 11 October 2006.

Levels 82 to 87 contain a single unit per floor, whereas the lower floors contain multiple smaller units. Level 88 is used as an observation deck. In total, Eureka Tower contains 556 apartments, 52,000 m2 of windows, 110,000 tonnes of concrete, 5000 tonnes of reinforced steel and 13 lifts travelling at up to 9 metres per second.

The glass on the top 10 floors of the Eureka Tower is plated in 24-carat gold, which gives the top of the tower its distinctive colour. On a sunny day, the gold reflects a lot of sunlight and at dusk the sunset can be seen reflected in the glass panes.

On 15 May 2007, the Eureka Skydeck 88 (an observation deck) opened on the eighty-eighth floor. The Eureka Skydeck has been criticised for its poor view and inadequate facilities. In particular, the gold tinting on the glass makes viewing difficult. A popular feature of the Eureka Skydeck 88 is "The Edge", a glass box that protrudes from the building and permits people to look below their feet to the city below.
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