You might think the Eureka Tower is just another skyscraper. But I’m sure these pretty interesting facts about the Eureka Tower will fuel your interest.
With its large golden square and sleek design, the Eureka-Tower stands at the top of the city of Melbourne. It is in fact the tallest tower in Melbourne. Construction on the building began in August 2002, and just after 4 years the exterior of the building was completed in June 2006. Thanks to rapid construction, the tower opened in Melbourne in October 2006.
Facts about the Eureka tower: how high is it?
The opening of this skyscraper was a big day for Melbourne. Many were surprised at how quickly it was completed and thousands of spectators were delighted to take a peek inside the tower. Designed by Nonda Katsalidis, the Eureka Tower is one of the tallest towers in the world. Composed of 92 floors including the basement, this skyscraper is built on more than 200 pylons driven 33 meters deep into the ground to support its structure.
The Eureka-Tower is only one of seven buildings in the world with more than 90 floors. Known as the 43rd tallest building in the world, it is the tallest standing building in Melbourne and the second tallest standing building in Australia, just behind the first quarter on the Gold Coast.
Facts about the Eureka Tower: why the name?
You might be wondering where this huge building got its name from, so you might as well dig it up and tell yourself. It pays homage to the Victorian Gold Rush of 1854, also known as the Eureka Stockade or Eureka Rebellion. Blue and white refer to the Eureka Stockade flag. The gold symbolizes the gold rush and the unique red band symbolizes the bloodshed during the memorable revolt.
Facts about the Eureka Tower: what’s inside?
The building is mostly filled with residential apartments, and they don’t come cheap. On the 88th floor of the Eureka-Tower is the skydeck. Built with glass floors to give you that surreal experience, you can get a spectacular view of the city. My daughter and I did it. It was a little scary, but also fun. The idea of standing on glass 300 meters above the ground and seeing what is below is quite nerve-racking. Even without this “special tour”, you can still enjoy spectacular views of Melbourne without going to the skydeck.
You wouldn’t want to miss the Eureka Tower when you are in Melbourne. It’s a fun thing to do that will keep you and your kids entertained for quite a while. Enjoy the view!