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Orion Towers to Become Tallest in Southern Hemisphere

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A new two-tower $1.2 billion development in Surfers Paradise known as Orion Towers is set to host the tallest building in the Southern Hemisphere, soaring 103 storeys high.

The developer behind the 1127 apartment project is Melbourne-based Orion International Group and plans to build a super-scraper at a site near Q1, bordering Enderley Avenue, Surfers Paradise Blvd and Markwell Avenue in Surfers Paradise.

Tower 2, the taller tower is proposed to rise 328m high (103 storeys) with Tower 1 rising to 240m high (76 storeys), effectively beating Australia’s current tallest proposal ‘Australia 108’ (317m) in Melbourne by 11 metres.

Orion Towers will also finally surpass the top of Q1’s spire by 6m which has held the title of Australia’s tallest tower since it’s completion in 2005.

Australia's tallest towers
Diagram of Australia’s tallest towers

Originally proposed to be Queensland’s tallest skyscraper, the 89 level $1.2 billion Spirit Tower (297.8m) in central Surfers Paradise appears to have been beaten in height even before site excavation works have commenced.

The landmark Orion Towers has been designed by architecture firm Woods Bagot and boasts a distinctive modern, cosmopolitan style with subtropical design elements.

Project Snapshot

Orion Towers will feature the following:

  • A 680 sqm penthouse on level 100 with ground floor concierge and private lift.
  • Australia’s highest observation restaurant on level 101 of the tallest tower, offering 360-degree views.
  • A 165-room, five-star hotel in tower 2 (the taller tower).
  • A dedicated bike ramp into the carpark, with space for 600 bikes.
  • A five-level, mixed-use podium including ground floor retail designed around a sculptural urban canyon.
  • A lush garden deck and recreation area with five pools, including an indoor pool, an eastern pool to catch morning sun and a western pool for afternoon bathing.
  • Twin indoor and outdoor residents’ lounges on level 49 of both towers.
  • A private club on level 74 of the smaller tower for owners of the penthouse and sub-penthouses.
  • A two staged project with the shorter 76 level tower being built first.
Artist's impression of proposed towers on Gold Coast skyline
Artist’s impression of proposed Orion Towers
Artist's impression of proposed towers on Gold Coast skyline
Artist’s impression of proposed Orion Towers on the Gold Coast skyline
Artist's impression of proposed Orion Towers
Artist’s impression of proposed Orion Towers

Apartment Mix

Tower 1 (76 Levels):

  • Studio: 62
  • 1 Bedroom: 41
  • 2 Bedroom: 392
  • 3 Bedroom: 25
  • 4 Bedroom: 2
  • 5 Bedroom: 1
  • Total 523 Apartments

Tower 2 (103 Levels):

  • 165 Hotel Rooms
  • Studio: 55
  • 1 Bedroom: 102
  • 2 Bedroom: 421
  • 3 Bedroom: 23
  • 4 Bedroom: 3
  • 5 Bedroom: 0
  • Total of 604 apartments

LED Bridge (Curious Ring)

A prominent elevated curved bridge known as the ‘Curious Ring’ which links either side of the podium levels will feature a unique LED matrix screen on the underside of the bridge. The screen will read images, subliminal, abstract or intended messages. It is proposed that this will become a key feature destination of the site.

Proposed LED screen bridge
Proposed LED screen bridge
Proposed podium and ground levels
Proposed podium and ground levels

At the top of the tower, the architect has proposed the utilisation of media glass which is planned to light up the buildings at night and create a beacon like affect. Media glass is a relatively new technology where a matrix of LED nodes are embedded within glass to create imagery or colour wash affects.

Recreation & Amenity

The development comprises of five ground floor retail tenancies as well as a restaurant, cafe and observation deck on level 101. The landscape architecture has been designed by Form Landscape Architects.

Proposed ground floor level plan
Proposed ground floor level plan

Level 6 Podium feature:

  • Four large outdoor lagoon style pools and one indoor lap pool (five pools in total)
  • A restaurant, gym, several lounge room areas, beach with water feature, child’s playroom, gardens, BBQ areas and shelters.
Landscape design of level 6 podium
Landscape design of level 6 podium

Level 49 Skydecks feature:

  • Each tower consists of a recreation level on the 49th storey.
  • Each deck comprises of a library, lounge, games room, pool with shallow sun lounge deck, teppanyaki tables, garden rooms with sun lounges and garden planters.
Level 49 recreation decks
Level 49 recreation decks

There is also a rooftop recreation level on the 75th storey of Tower 2 which will include a sky high pool and deck, steam room, gym and function room.

Floor plan of level 101 restaurant and cafe
Floor plan of level 101 restaurant and cafe

The DA number for this development is MCU201601560.

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    Love the tower, but it will never be the tallest building in the Southern Hemisphere (bar some extraordinary events) as 4 taller towers are currently under construction in Jakarta.

    November 15, 2016


    • BrisbaneDevelopment.com

      November 16, 2016

      …and Merdeka 118 in KL. None the less let’s hope the second stage taller tower gets achieved, the towers will work better as a pair. If Stage 2 were to be onsold, it may be open to rationalisation.

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