Living it Up

Eureka Tower

The Eureka Tower is a massive 297 metre tall, 91 storey residential building, located at 7 Riverside Quay Southbank VIC 3006, Australia. The building is the tallest residential building in Australia and the 10th tallest residential building in the world. Currently it holds the record for being the tallest residential building with the most residential space within.

The architectural draft of the building was completed by Fender Katsalidis Architects, the civil engineering was carried out by Connell Mott Macdonald, and the construction was performed by Grocon Constructors Pty Ltd and Lubeca Construction Pty Ltd. The building comprises 556 Apartments, 13 elevators that can travel from the first floor to the 88th in 38 seconds flat, 52,000 square metres of window glass, 3680 stairs, 110,000 tonnes of concrete, and 5000 tonnes of steel. The completed structure weighs in at 200,000 tonnes.

“I think that with the growing need in Melbourne, with the population growth, that high residential buildings will become more and more prevalent as we go,” says Peter Jones, Building Manager for Eureka Tower. “The developer of the tower was Eureka Tower Pty Ltd, a joint venture consisting of Daniel Grollo (Grocon), investor Tab Fried and one of Eureka Tower’s architects, Nonda Katsalidis.”

Construction began in August 2002 and the building opened in October 2006. At the time it was the world’s tallest residential building. The building was built using single form concrete with a 220 MPA rating while the top ten floors of the tower boast a façade of 24ct-gold-coated glass. Penthouses on the top floors are for sale and start at 7 million dollars. These penthouses occupy the size of the entire floor and must be outfitted by the tenant after purchase.

Richard Stringer, a local artist, created the queen bee and her colony of workers bees which reside on the building’s lower façade. This beautiful piece of artwork signifies community, and their golden-hued finish complements the apex of the building. The sculpture is made from anodized aluminium sheet using cast aluminium for the antennae and small bees’ legs. “The sheets are riveted together using 110,000 anodised rivets,” Peter explains. “From afar, the bees look simply like cute golden bees but up close they contain a huge amount of detail, and hint at the dense and thriving community within the Tower’s walls.”

On the roof of the building, for safety, are two 360,000 litre water tanks designed to reduce sway. The building is designed to sway about 600 millimetres and along with its water tanks and beefy concrete frame it is able to withstand any storm that may hit. These water tanks are also used to gravity feed the fire sprinkler system, preventing the need to pump water up from below.

In case of an emergency where the building must be evacuated, the lifts are functional at all times, the stairwells are well ventilated and the building is divided into sections. If a fire were to break out in one of the top sections, the other two would be considered safe for occupation, and so on. This system makes it easy for occupants from floors in one section to evacuate to a lower section rather than having to leave the building altogether.

As Peter explains, “The building is split up into three sections: The River Rise, which is floors 1 to 24; The Premier Rise, which is from 25 up to 52; and The Sky Rise, which is 53 up to 92. So if there’s a fire on one of the upper sections of the building, say 81, the Premier Rise and the River Rise can continue occupation so they don’t have to evacuate, so it’s only two floors up and one floor down that need to evacuate. If the situation escalates then we just do floor by floor.” The building maintains 24 hour staff on site for security and other emergency duties. These staff members attend mandatory training sessions once per week, well in advance of the government-mandated once per year.

Eureka Tower is one of only a few five star residential buildings in the country. The building boasts a 24 hour concierge and security service, and is equipped with many different amenities for tenants including a pool and a 30 seat theatre for residents. There are also a number of clubs that have been formed within the building for residents’ enjoyment: youth clubs, baby clubs, walking groups, and so forth. The building’s location is spectacular, offering tenants a beautiful view of the city from Southbank, and near to pubs, restaurants and Crown Casino.

“The Eureka Sky Deck commenced operation six years ago,” says Peter. “It’s a whole floor on level 88 that was custom built for visitors to visit the observation deck, as well as another very interesting attraction that projects three metres out of the building which is called The Edge. It’s a glass cube that can accommodate 12 people. It has a few really neat design features; for example, the floor is a bit uneven so it gives you a sense of immobility and makes you feel like you’re falling over the edge.” Said John Forman, Manager of the Sky Deck at Eureka Tower, “The whole floor has become a real Melbourne icon attraction so we get a lot of media releases up there; a lot of people who do TVC Campaigns use the image of Eureka Tower as an iconic structure in Melbourne.”

The Sky Deck sees roughly 600 thousand visitors each year, with around 30 per cent of those visitors coming from international locations. The amazing thing about this type of attraction is that it can cater to people from all over the world, whether they are nine years old, 89 years young or anywhere in between. It can serve as a great school field trip or an exciting family outing. To serve these visitors, the Tower boasts a restaurant and two gift shops that sell many things including stuffed versions of the Eureka Tower mascot Deckstar. During special occasions, kids can also meet a life sized Deckstar!

Nowhere to go for New Years Eve? Check out the party on the top two floors of the Eureka Tower Sky Deck; purchase your tickets and enjoy the view from way above the city while ringing in the New Year. Or simply enjoy the iconic Melbourne Tower year-round; an appealing living space for residents and a stunning addition to the landscape for all, Eureka Tower has certainly made its mark upon the city.

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June 18, 2018, 12:19 PM AEST