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The Most Famous Buildings in East Coast Queensland

The Most Famous Buildings in East Coast Queensland
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Have you ever wondered about the famous landmarks that make up the Brisbane and Gold Coast skyline? Here are ten of East Coast Queensland’s architectural landmarks and other major buildings, dwellings and structures. We list out the buildings opening date, the construction costs, size and include in this list both new and historic landmarks. 

Chevron Renaissance

Chevron Renaissance Shopping Centre & Towers 

Source: City of Gold Coast Libraries Local Studies Collection 

City/Town: Gold Coast, Australia 

Opened: March 2005 

Development Cost: $400 million 

Size: 13,127m2 

Developed by Raptis Group developers, both the Chevron Renaissance Shopping Centre and its three apartment Towers occupy the block of land extending from the Gold Coast Highway in the east to Ferny Avenue in the west and from Circle on Cavil in the south towards Cavill Avenue and Elkhorn Avenue in the North. It is the most significant Gold Coast development of its time since the 1950s.  

111 George Street

111 George Street

Source: skyscrapercentre.com 

City/Town: Brisbane, Australia 

Opened: January 1993 

Structural Height (m): 110.0 

Size: 1,299m2, 31 Levels 

111 George Street is located in Brisbane’s CBD. Completed in 1993, it is currently the 13th tallest building in the Brisbane city. It is currently fully occupied by the Queensland State Government. Featuring a repetitive grill pattern and a height of 31 floors, it is a well-known building amongst the city skyline. 

Circle on Cavill

Circle on Cavill 

Source: City of Gold Coast Libraries Local Studies Collection 

City/Town: Gold Coast, Australia 

Cost: $551 million 

Size: 14,000m2 approx. 

NORTH TOWER 

Opened: July 2007

Structural Height (m): 220

Levels: 68 Floors

SOUTH TOWER 

Opened: February 2007 

Structural Height (m): 158 

Levels: 48 Floors 

Built by Sunland Group, Circle on Cavill is a commercial development that features two residential towers and is positioned in the heart of Surfers Paradise. Both towers are joined on its level four lounge, and – reflecting the Gold Coast trend of the time to build upwards – the tallest point of the north tower is approximately 220m.  

123 Albert Street

123 Albert Street 

Source: laingorourke.com 

City/Town: Brisbane, Australia 

Opened: October 2011 

Structural Height (m): 127.0 

Size: 33 Floors 

Known as the Rio Tinto Tower, 123 Albert Street is a modern style commercial office development. Consisting of 26 levels of office space and eight levels of car parking, this building was the first in Brisbane to employ a commercial concierge. 

Q1

Q1 

Source: City of Gold Coast Libraries Local Studies Collection 

City/Town: Gold Coast, Australia 

Cost: $255 million 

Opened: November 2005 

Structural Height (m): 322.5 

Size: 107,510m2, 78 Floors 

Q1 – an abbreviation of Queensland Number One – is a residential tower located in Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast. It lost its title as the world’s tallest residential building in April 2011 to The Marina Torch in Dubai. It is still ranked amongst the tallest residential towers in the world, and it remains the tallest in the Southern Hemisphere. There are development plans (yet to come to fruition) in East Coast Queensland that may steal this title, but only time will tell. This landmark building was recognised as one of Queensland’s icons during the state’s 150th-birthday celebrations.  

275 George Street

275 George Street 

Source: skyscrapercentre.com 

City/Town: Brisbane, Australia 

Opened: February 2009 

Structural Height (m): 171.0 

Size: 41,738m2, 32 Levels  

An office building located in the heart of Brisbane’s CBD, 275 George Street features 32 storeys and was developed by Charter Hall. To its roof the building reaches 142m, but a spire mounted atop brings its total height to 171m, making it the among the tallest buildings in Brisbane. Currently, its main tenant is Telstra and its commercial lease was among the largest in Brisbane history.  

Soul

Soul 

Source: booking.com 

City/Town: Gold Coast, Australia 

Cost: $850 million 

Opened: 2012 

Structural Height (m): 243.0 

Size: 77 Levels 

This residential tower is located along the Esplanade in Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast. Soul overtook Circle on Cavill in height reaching 243 metres and is among the tallest buildings on the Gold Coast. It was developed by Juniper Group on the previously occupied Raptis Plaza, and constructed by Grocon at an impressive cost of $850 million. Management was taken over by Mantra Group in November 2013.  

400 George Street

400 George Street 

Source: robertbird.com 

City/Town: Brisbane, Australia 

Cost: $270 million 

Opened: December 2009 

Structural Height (m): 150.0 

Size: 43,000m234 Floors 

Ranked as a 5Star Green Star office building, 400 George Street was designed by architect Cox Rayner. A major feature of this building, is its direct link to the Kurilpa Bridge that extends over the Brisbane River to the Gallery of Modern Art. In April 2013, a 50% interest in the building was sold to Motor Accident Commission (MAC) for AUD$195,800,000. 

The Wave

The Wave 

Source: City of Gold Coast Libraries Local Studies Collection 

City/Town: Gold Coast, Australia 

Cost: $150 million 

Opened: 2006 

Structural Height (m): 111.0 

Size: 34 Floors 

Known for its unusual wave-like appearance, The Wave is a residential skyscraper located in Broadbeach on the Gold Coast. Rising to a height of 111 metres, it was the recipient of the 2006 Silver Emporis Skyscraper Award. The wave exterior is designed as such to ensure each of the 118 apartment balconies receive a mix or shade and sunlight. 

AMP Place

 AMP Place

Source: emporis.com 

City/Town: Brisbane, Australia 

Opened: 1977 

Structural Height (m): 135.0 

Size: 35 Floors 

Officially named the AMP Centre, this gold-coloured skyscraper is located in Brisbane’s CBD and can be seen from most parts of the city. Locally it is known as ‘The Gold Tower’. When it was completed in 1977 it was awarded Brisbane’s tallest building.  

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