List of tallest buildings in Brisbane

This is a list of the tallest buildings in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

The Brisbane city skyline in 2019

Brisbane, Australia's third largest city, is home to at least 360 completed high-rise buildings,[1] at least 70 high-rise buildings over 100 metres in height,[2] and has 15 completed skyscrapers (and 4 under construction) which exceed the height of 150 metres (490 ft).[3] With the third greatest number of skyscrapers in any city within Australia (behind Melbourne and Sydney), Brisbane boasts some of the tallest buildings in the country, including the city's current tallest, the 269.6 metres (885 ft) Brisbane Skytower, completed in 2019.

All of Brisbane's skyscrapers (defined as buildings with a height greater than 150 metres) are located within the CBD, with large numbers of high-rise buildings also proliferating in the inner suburbs of South Brisbane, Kangaroo Point, Fortitude Valley, Newstead, Teneriffe, New Farm, Bowen Hills, Spring Hill, Milton, Auchenflower, Toowong, Taringa, St Lucia, West End and Woolloongabba.

There is a 274.3 metres (900 ft) height limit for buildings in the CBD. As of 2013, a review of height limits for city skyscrapers has been requested by Brisbane Lord Mayor to allow construction of buildings over 300 metres (980 ft) above sea level.[4]

Brisbane's 91 metre City Hall was the city's tallest building for decades after its completion in 1930 and was finally surpassed in 1970 by the Westpac Building, which marked the beginning of the widespread construction of high-rise buildings over 100 metres in height. The city's first skyscraper with a height of over 150 metres was Central Plaza One, completed in 1988. Central Plaza One and Waterfront Place, completed in 1989, remained the city's only skyscrapers until the completion of the 200 metre Riparian Plaza in 2005, which has since been surpassed on numerous occasions in the widespread construction of skyscrapers which has been ongoing since the mid-2000s.

Brisbane plays host to other structures over 150 metres in height such as the five television transmission towers atop Mount Coot-tha and the Bald Hills Radiator transmission tower however these are not considered to be buildings as they are uninhabitable.

Tallest buildings

This is a list of Brisbane's tallest completed and topped out buildings.[5] Structures are not included. Official heights are ranked by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, and include spires but exclude communications masts and spires.[6] All of the buildings that are listed are over 150m in height.

RankNameImageHeightStoreysUsageYearNotes
1Brisbane Skytower 269.4 m (887 ft)90residential2019Brisbane Skytower (nicknamed Bon Bon) is a 270-metre (890 ft) skyscraper at 222 Margaret Street in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. The 90-storey residential tower is Brisbane's tallest building. It also has the highest infinity pool in the southern hemisphere on the top level at 270 m (level 90) with 180 degree views to the north and south.
21 William Street 259.8 m (853 ft)46office2017Brisbane's tallest building from 2016 to 2019; inhabited by the executive branch of the Queensland Government; nicknamed One Big Willy or the Tower of Power and seen as symbolising the legacy of Premier Campbell Newman.
3Infinity 249 m (816.9 ft)81residential2014Tallest building in Brisbane from 2014 until 2016; also known as Meriton Herschel Street Serviced Apartments
4Soleil 243 m (797.2 ft)74residential2012Tallest building in Brisbane 2012 until 2014; also known as Meriton Adelaide Street Serviced Apartments
5Aurora 207 m (679.1 ft)69residential2006Tallest building in Brisbane from 2006 until 2012
6Riparian Plaza 200 m (656.1 ft)53mixed use2005Tallest building in Brisbane 2005 until 2006; notable for its 50-metre communications mast (not counted in the building's height) and being one of the last projects of renowned architect Harry Seidler. The adjacent Riverside Centre was also designed by Seidler and shares many design elements with Riparian Plaza
7One One One Eagle Street 194.7 m (639.7 ft)54office2012Notable for the illuminated curved columns resembling the roots of the Moreton Bay Fig visible through its facade
8300 George Street 182.2 m (597.8 ft)41office2019Part of the Brisbane Quarter development which also comprises a hotel and a residential building
9Central Plaza One 174 m (570.8 ft)44office1988Tallest building in Brisbane 1988 until 2005; Brisbane's first skyscraper over 150m
10275 George Street 171 m (561 ft)32office2009
11Waterfront Place 162 m (531.4 ft)40office1989Notable for its curved blue glass facade and hosting federal cabinet meetings when these are held in Brisbane at the Commonwealth Parliament Offices on the top floor
12480 Queen Street 153 m (501.9 ft)34office2016
13180 Brisbane 152 m (498.6 ft)34office2015Notable for the large image of the course of the Brisbane River on its facade
14Brisbane Square 151 m (495.4 ft)38office2006Headquarters of the Brisbane City Council and the Brisbane Square Library
15Skyline Apartments 150 m (492.1 ft)48residential2007Located within the Petrie Bight cluster of apartment buildings

Under construction and proposed

This is a list of buildings currently under construction or proposed that are planned to reach 150 m in height.[7]

Key:
Topped Out Under Construction Approved Proposed
NameHeightStoreysUsageCompletionStatus
No. 1 Brisbane 274.3 m (899.9 ft)82residentialTBAApproved
30 Albert Street 270 m (885.8 ft)91residentialTBAProposed
240 Margaret Street 270 m (885.8 ft)87residentialTBAProposed
25 Mary Street 266 m (872.7 ft)87residentialTBAProposed
171 Edward Street 265 m (869.4 ft)81residentialTBAApproved
The One 262 m (859.5 ft)82residential2019Under construction
Queen's Tower 250 m (820.2 ft)76residentialTBAProposed
Queen's Wharf Tower 4 231.1 m (656.1 ft)63residential2022Under construction
195-199 Elizabeth Street 196 m (643.0 ft)62residentialTBAApproved
Queen's Wharf Tower 1 190 m (524.9 ft)43residential2022Under construction
443 Queen Street 183.7 m (606.9 ft)47residential2020Under construction[8]
Queen's Wharf Tower 5 180 m (590.5 ft)49residentialTBAApproved
500 George Street 179 m (587.2 ft)59residentialTBAProposed
Brisbane Square Tower 2 170.7 m (560.0 ft)36office2020Proposed
Queen's Wharf Tower 6 160 m (524.9 ft)45residentialTBAApproved
Regent Towers 158 m (518.3 ft)42officeTBAApproved

Timeline of tallest buildings

This lists buildings that once held the title of "tallest building in Brisbane".[9]

NameImageYears as tallestHeightfloorsNotes
Brisbane City Hall1930-197092 m (302 ft)4Brisbane's tallest building for four decades, City Hall now plays host to the Museum of Brisbane and auditoria for events
Westpac BuildingN/A1970-1971105 m (344 ft)23Brisbane's first high-rise building with a height greater than 100 metres
Suncorp Metway Plaza1971-1978118 m (387 ft)26A 10-metre digital clock sits atop the building. Before placement of the clock, a rotating restaurant sat atop the building
AMP Place1978-1986135 m (443 ft)35Nicknamed The Gold Tower and located adjacent to the 134 metre Comalco Place, which was completed in 1983 and is nicknamed The Blue Tower
Riverside Centre1986-1988142 m (466 ft)40Located adjacent to Riparian Plaza, which was also designed by renowned architect Harry Seidler and with which it shares numerous design elements
Central Plaza One1988-2005174 m (571 ft)44Brisbane's first skyscraper over 150m in height
Riparian Plaza2005-2006200 m (660 ft)53Tallest building in Brisbane 2005 until 2006; notable for its 50-metre communications mast (not counted in the building's height) and being one of the last projects of renowned architect Harry Seidler. The adjacent Riverside Centre was also designed by Seidler and shares many design elements with Riparian Plaza
Aurora2006-2012207 m (679 ft)69Brisbane's tallest building from 2006-2012
Soleil2012-2014243 m (797 ft)74Brisbane's tallest building from 2012-2014; also known as Meriton Adelaide Street Serviced Apartments
Infinity2014-2016249 m (817 ft)81Brisbane's tallest building from 2014-2016; also known as Meriton Herschel Street Serviced Apartments
1 William Street2016-2018259.8 m (852 ft)46Brisbane's tallest building from 2016 until 2018; inhabited by the executive branch of the Queensland Government; nicknamed One Big Willy or the Tower of Power and seen as symbolising the legacy of Premier Campbell Newman
Brisbane Skytower2018–present269.4 m (884 ft)90Tallest building in Brisbane. Fifth-tallest building in Australia. Topped out in December 2018.

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