Brisbane Modern Skyscraper


Brisbane’s skyscraper has undergone a huge change compared to how it was around fifty years ago. At present, the city can boast some of Australia’s and even the world’s tallest skyscrapers.

Among the top ten skyscrapers are the Aurora Tower which stands at 207 metres, the Riparian Plaza with 200 metres, the Central Plaza One with 174 metres, the Waterfront Place with 162, Brisbane Square with 151metres, Skyline Apartments with 150, the M on Mary and 111 George Street both with a height of 145, the Riverside Centre with 142 and the Charlotte Towers with 138 metres in height. They are a mixture of residential, office and mixed-use structures,

The Aurora Tower is a 69 storey residential apartment which opened for use on May 5, 2006. Residents are housed in 18 penthouses, 54 two-storey luxury apartments or skyhomes and 408 regular apartments, with their own cinema, entertainment venues and a heated pool.

It is not only the tallest skyscraper in Brisbane; it is also reportedly among the tallest of its

kind in the world. However, this distinction will no longer be Aurora Tower’s once the Empire Square Tower and Vision Brisbane, planned to reach 240 and 283 metres respectively, are completed.

Other residential skyscrapers in Brisbane are Skyline Apartments, M on Mary, Charlotte Towers, Festival Towers, Felix Tower, River Place Apartments, Admiralty Towers II, River City Apartments, Casino Tower, 212 on Margaret, Evolution, Admiralty Quays, Pacific International Apartments, River Park Central, The Sebel and Grosvenor Apartments. The second tallest, the Riparian Plaza, is a mixed-use structure designed by Harry Seidler and completed in 2005.


brisbane modern skyscraper

It garnered the 2007 national architecture award for commercial architecture. Within it are an 11-level carpark and a recreation centre with a

swimming pool for its tenants who occupy 10 residential levels and 25 commercial levels. It’s in the downtown area of the central business district,

right along the Brisbane River.

The tallest among the office skyscrapers is the Central Plaza One. Together with the smaller Central Plaza Two and the soon to be completed

Central Plaza Three, they comprise the Central Plaza Complex in the central business district’s Queen Street. The Waterfront Place, Brisbane Square,

111 George Street, Riverside Center, AMP Place, Comalco Place, State Law Building, Metropole Tower, Commonwealth Bank Brisbane, Emirates House, Suncorp Metway Plaza, Jetset House, Hitachi Building, Mineral House, ADC Building, ANZ Centre, Westpac Building, Education House, Terrica Place, National Bank House, HSBC Centre, CPA Centre, 175 Eagle Street, Indus House, Brisbane Administration Center, Woolloongabba Telstra Exchange

and Brisbane Club Tower are the other office skyscrapers in Brisbane today.

For visitors to Brisbane, there are also two hotel skyscrapers: The Chifley at Lennons and Sofitel. People can also look forward to the proposed Eagle Street Pier Towers I and 2, targeted at 278 and 249 metres respectively, and the 243-metre Meriton Tower to further contribute to an already stunning Brisbane skyline.