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World's tallest buildings proposed for Melbourne's CBD
ONE of the world's tallest buildings, a 404m super tower, has been proposed for Melbourne's CBD.
The 82-storey office skyscraper would be almost as tall as the former World Trade Centre towers in New York, but still needs planning approval.
Planning Minister Matthew Guy has paved the way for the Stamoulis group to apply for a permit after removing overlays relating to height and overshadowing of the Yarra River.
But Mr Guy stressed that the application had a long way to go.
He wants to see a full public debate on the extraordinary proposal that would dramatically change the city's skyline.
"I acknowledge that it's a very significant building. It is office, not residential. There will need to be a long discussion with the City of Melbourne about a permit," he said yesterday.
"With the size of the structure being proposed, Melburnians need to be aware of it and have a say about it, and ultimately we need a lot of feedback before any permit considerations are made."
Mr Guy and the city council have clashed after the minister approved a number of towers for the central city in the face of council concerns.
The most recent was the Australia 108 apartment tower planned for Southbank, but the State Government met most of the council's concerns by requiring a raft of conditions for the building, designed by Eureka architect Nonda Katsalidis.
The Australia 108 project will feature 664 apartments and a luxury hotel on top.
There had been concerns it would overshadow the Shrine of Remembrance precinct, but Shrine Trustees were satisfied it would not have an impact.
Under the Government's policy, the CBD and other inner areas will be subject to more intensive higher-density development to help accommodate the booming population.
Mr Guy has also approved skyscrapers for Elizabeth St and the Celtic Club in Queen St.
Issues such as Yarra overshadowing will still need to be considered for the 555 Collins St application.