Brisbane Tallest Buildings Through History

It was an upward journey that began when City Hall was completed in 1930, with a clock tower that dominated the skyline for 40 years until Brisbane entered the age of the skyscraper.
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The Riverside Centre (1986-1988) on Eagle Street, The Brisbane home of the Australian Stock Exchange, the Riverside Centre on Eagle Street is at the centre of the city's riverside dining and entertainment precinct. The 148-metre tower was designed by the late Sydney architect Harry Seidler and is distinctive to his style. It did not hold Brisbane's height crown for long, being replaced by Central Plaza One as the city celebrated hosting World Expo '88.

The Riverside Centre (1986-1988) on Eagle Street, The Brisbane home of the Australian Stock Exchange, the Riverside Centre on Eagle Street is at the centre of the city's riverside dining and entertainment precinct. The 148-metre tower was designed by the late Sydney architect Harry Seidler and is distinctive to his style. It did not hold Brisbane's height crown for long, being replaced by Central Plaza One as the city celebrated hosting World Expo '88.

The Westpac Building (1970-1971) on Queen Street, The 23-storey Westpac Building ended City Hall's long reign as Brisbane's tallest building, but it did not take long before Suncorp Plaza overtook Brisbane's first skyscraper. The building is perhaps best known for the 17-metre Leonard Shillam mural sculpture, The Banker, that faces Post Office Square. The artwork represents the role of banking in supporting industry.

The Westpac Building (1970-1971) on Queen Street, The 23-storey Westpac Building ended City Hall's long reign as Brisbane's tallest building, but it did not take long before Suncorp Plaza overtook Brisbane's first skyscraper. The building is perhaps best known for the 17-metre Leonard Shillam mural sculpture, The Banker, that faces Post Office Square. The artwork represents the role of banking in supporting industry.

Brisbane Skytower (2018-?) - The yet-to-be completed Brisbane Skytower at 222 Margaret Street. The Brisbane Skytower will reach the CBD's current AirServices Australia-mandated height limit of 274 metres when it is completed in 2108

Brisbane Skytower (2018-?) - The yet-to-be completed Brisbane Skytower at 222 Margaret Street. The Brisbane Skytower will reach the CBD's current AirServices Australia-mandated height limit of 274 metres when it is completed in 2108

1 William Street (2016-2018) - 1 William Street has 119,977 square metres of office space. Although it reaches 267 metres to the spire, its upper levels are a mere 180 metres above street level.

1 William Street (2016-2018) - 1 William Street has 119,977 square metres of office space. Although it reaches 267 metres to the spire, its upper levels are a mere 180 metres above street level.

Infinity Tower (2014-2018) - 43 Herschel Street,  Harry Triguboff's second foray into Brisbane, Meriton's Infinity Tower dominates the south-western fringe of the CBD, rising 262 metres above the legal district. The 81-story monolith with 549 apartments was named Australia's best residential high-rise development at the Asia Pacific Property Awards in 2014.

Infinity Tower (2014-2018) - 43 Herschel Street, Harry Triguboff's second foray into Brisbane, Meriton's Infinity Tower dominates the south-western fringe of the CBD, rising 262 metres above the legal district. The 81-story monolith with 549 apartments was named Australia's best residential high-rise development at the Asia Pacific Property Awards in 2014.

Soleil (2012-2014) at 495 Adelaide Street, One of two Meriton-branded skyscrapers that bookend Brisbane's CBD, the 251-metre Soleil is built on a small 1500-square-metre block at the northern end of Adelaide Street. The 74-storey building, designed by DBI Design, contains 464 units and serviced apartments under Harry Triguboff's Meriton brand. Soleil joins The Infinity Tower, also a Meriton building and also designed by DBI, as a bookend to the CBD.

Soleil (2012-2014) at 495 Adelaide Street, One of two Meriton-branded skyscrapers that bookend Brisbane's CBD, the 251-metre Soleil is built on a small 1500-square-metre block at the northern end of Adelaide Street. The 74-storey building, designed by DBI Design, contains 464 units and serviced apartments under Harry Triguboff's Meriton brand. Soleil joins The Infinity Tower, also a Meriton building and also designed by DBI, as a bookend to the CBD.

Aurora (2006-2012) on the corner of Queen and Wharf streets, The first residential building to take Brisbane's height crown, Aurora dominates the intersection of Queen and Wharf streets. Aurora was designed by Cottee Parker Architects and contains 18 penthouses, 54 two-level "skyhomes" and 408 apartments.

Aurora (2006-2012) on the corner of Queen and Wharf streets, The first residential building to take Brisbane's height crown, Aurora dominates the intersection of Queen and Wharf streets. Aurora was designed by Cottee Parker Architects and contains 18 penthouses, 54 two-level "skyhomes" and 408 apartments.

Riparian Plaza (2005-2006) at 71 Eagle Street, The second Harry Seidler-designed building in this list, Riparian Plaza is divided into three distinct sections – the car park, offices and residential penthouses. Indeed, the office levels and the glass canopy over the entrance bear a striking resemblance to Seidler's Riverside Centre. The car park rises 11 levels from the ground, followed by 25 storeys of office space and 12 storeys containing 47 high-end residential apartments.

Riparian Plaza (2005-2006) at 71 Eagle Street, The second Harry Seidler-designed building in this list, Riparian Plaza is divided into three distinct sections – the car park, offices and residential penthouses. Indeed, the office levels and the glass canopy over the entrance bear a striking resemblance to Seidler's Riverside Centre. The car park rises 11 levels from the ground, followed by 25 storeys of office space and 12 storeys containing 47 high-end residential apartments.

Central Plaza One (1988-2005) on the corner of Queen and Creek streets, Central Plaza One dominated the Brisbane skyline for almost two decades. Designed by Japanese architect Kurokawa Kisho, Central Plaza One resembles a shard of crystal rising into the Brisbane sky.  The 44-storey building has, in recent years, had AAMI signage rights at its pinnacle.

Central Plaza One (1988-2005) on the corner of Queen and Creek streets, Central Plaza One dominated the Brisbane skyline for almost two decades. Designed by Japanese architect Kurokawa Kisho, Central Plaza One resembles a shard of crystal rising into the Brisbane sky. The 44-storey building has, in recent years, had AAMI signage rights at its pinnacle.

The AMP Centre (1978-1986) at 10 Eagle Street, Better known simply as "the Gold Tower", the AMP Centre dominated Brisbane's skyline for the better part of a decade. The 35-storey office tower, designed by architects Peddle, Thorp and Walker, is appropriately enough at the centre of Brisbane's "golden triangle" precinct and won a 1981 Building Owners and Managers Association of Australia award in four major categories.

The AMP Centre (1978-1986) at 10 Eagle Street, Better known simply as "the Gold Tower", the AMP Centre dominated Brisbane's skyline for the better part of a decade. The 35-storey office tower, designed by architects Peddle, Thorp and Walker, is appropriately enough at the centre of Brisbane's "golden triangle" precinct and won a 1981 Building Owners and Managers Association of Australia award in four major categories.


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