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Wikipedia | Google | Google Images | FlickrThe Eureka Tower is a skyscraper in the Southbank area of central Melbourne, Australia. Rising up to 297 meter from the ground, it is the tallest building in the city and the second-tallest in the country. On a world scale, the tower is the 98th-tallest building and the 14th-tallest residential building. However, with 91 floors and a basement, the Eureka Tower has the most floors available for residential use in the world. It is also one of only seven buildings with more than 90 floors. Construction on the building commenced in 2002; it was officially opened four years later, in 2006. At that time, it was the tallest residential building on the planet.
The tower’s main feature, however, is not its residential purpose or its height, but the fact that it is possible to go to the top. The top has a viewing platform, Eureka Skydeck 88, that offers incredible views of the city and its surroundings. This makes the Eureka Tower one of Melbourne major landmarks and most popular attractions.
ArchitectureThe tower was named after the Eureka Stockade, which was an 1854 rebellion that took place during the gold rush in Victoria. Other references to that gold rush incident include the tower’s golden crown, the 24-carat gold-plated glass windows on the upper ten floors, a red stripe that represents the spilling of blood during the rebellion, and the blue glass in most of the building that represents that Eureka Stockade’s flag blue background.
The Eureka Tower measure 297 meter and consists of 91 floors and one basement level. That basement and the 9 lowest floors encompass a car parking. The total number of apartment floors is 84; some of those floors contain both residential unit and car parking. The 82nd to the 87th floors are known as the “Summit Levels” and contain one apartment each. The initial price tag of these apartments is approximately $7 million; that only includes the unfurnished space. The top floors are home to the Eureka Skydeck 88, a restaurant, water tanks, a balcony and a communications room.
In total there are 556 apartments in the building and 13 elevators. There are 3,680 stairs and 52,000 square meters of windows. The weight of the tower is 200,000 tons, 110,000 of which are concrete.
Eureka Skydeck 88The Eureka Skydeck 88, encompassing the entire 88th floor, is what makes the Eureka Tower worth visiting. At a height of 285 meter, it is the highest public viewing platform in the Southern Hemisphere. The views are unparalleled anywhere else south of the equator; that says something. The Eureka Skydeck 88 has thirty viewfinders that let visitors take a closer look at other Melbourne landmarks. There are free binoculars available as well. Other facilities include access for disabled visitors, toilets, the Skydeck Shop, Kiosk 88, the interactive Serendipity Table that covers the history of Melbourne and the fastest elevators in the Southern Hemisphere – they transport visitors to the 88th floor in only 40 seconds.
The Terrace is an outside area that is oftentimes pretty windy, but offers even better views. A second highlight is The Edge, a glass cube that protrudes out of the building, allowing views up, around and down.
The Eureka Skydeck 88 is open 365 days a year from 10am to 10pm. Last entry is at 9.30pm. On Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve it closes at 5pm. Tickets cost $ 20 USD for adults, $ 15 USD for seniors and students, and $ 11 USD for children between 4 and 16 years old. Family tickets and two-day tickets are available as well.
How to Get ThereThe Eureka Tower is located on Riverside Quay in Southbank and can easily be reached on foot from the CBD, the Crown Entertainment Complex, Federation Square or Flinders Street Railway Station. Car parking is available inside the building and on Southgate Avenue and City Road. Countless bus and tram lines
Similar and Nearby LandmarksOther tall buildings and skyscrapers that are worth visiting and/or seeing elsewhere in the world are the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, the Shanghai Tower, The Shard, Marina Bay Sands, the Burj Khalifa, the Flatiron Building, One World Trade Center, the Petronas Towers and the Burj al Arab.
Nearby landmarks are plenty as well: the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne, Arts Centre Melbourne, the State Library of Victoria, the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Cricket Ground, Queen Victoria Market and Melbourne Zoo.
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Author: bramreusen. Last updated: Mar 02, 2015