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About Fender Katsalidis

At Fender Katsalidis Architects, they listen, think, investigate and collaborate. They seek the simple, compelling solution. Their process through feasibility, design and documentation, enhanced by 3-D ‘information rich’ virtual building environments, is acclaimed by their clients and the international design community.

The practice is renowned for producing buildings which are cutting edge in design with sound functional planning. Their approach has generated a high practice profile and gained many design awards.

The approach, pioneered by Fender Katsalidis, is changing the face of construction practices. Increasingly, the specific design of large components of a building can be undertaken by major subcontractors using 3D computer-based design harnessed to manufacturing processes, which in turn provides construction streamlining.

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Fender Katsalidis Connected Global News

Apartment High-Rise in Melbourne’s South Yarra District Proceeds to Construction

Apartment High-Rise in Melbourne’s South Yarra District Proceeds to Construction

29 Jun 2018, Melbourne – Hickory Group has announced that the company has been chosen as the builder for Yarra…

First Residents to Move into Melbourne’s Australia 108 Tower

First Residents to Move into Melbourne’s Australia 108 Tower

13 Jun 2018, Melbourne – Residents of the 100-story Australia 8 tower in Melbourne are scheduled to move into…

Developer Gets Green Light for 49-Story Melbourne Skyscraper

Developer Gets Green Light for 49-Story Melbourne Skyscraper

17 Apr 2018, Melbourne – A new residential high-rise in Melbourne is now moving forward after the developer…

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Apartment High-Rise in Melbourne’s South Yarra District Proceeds to Construction
29 Jun 2018 – Melbourne, Australia
Hickory Group has announced that the company has been chosen as the builder for Yarra One, a 27-story apartment building in Melbourne. Designed by Fender Katsalidis, the…
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First Residents to Move into Melbourne’s Australia 108 Tower
13 Jun 2018 – Melbourne, Australia
Residents of the 100-story Australia 8 tower in Melbourne are scheduled to move into the building in June. If completed as planned and on schedule, the tower will become…
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Developer Gets Green Light for 49-Story Melbourne Skyscraper
17 Apr 2018 – Melbourne, Australia
A new residential high-rise in Melbourne is now moving forward after the developer modified the tower’s design in order to comply with Victoria’s updated design standards…
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New Plans Emerge for Melbourne Convention Center Site
28 Mar 2018 – Melbourne, Australia
An AU$800 million apartment and hotel complex has been unveiled on the banks of Melbourne’s Yarra River. The plans call for three towers that will rise up to 33 stories…
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Canberra Gives Green Light to New Tallest Building
20 Mar 2018 – Canberra, Australia
The Canberra government has given the green light for a developer to build the city’s tallest building as part of an AU$1 billion multi-tower development dubbed Republic…
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Approval Granted for Parramatta Office Tower
13 Mar 2018 – Parramatta, Australia
The City of Parramatta has approved an AU$230 million office tower less than three months after the application was lodged. The development at 32 Smith Street will…
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Melbourne Quarter’s First Tower Tops Out
8 Mar 2018 – Melbourne, Australia
The first tower in Lendlease’s Melbourne Quarter development has topped out at 13 stories, two months after the developer was given the green light to develop its third…
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Top Floors of Kuala Lumpur's Merdeka PNB118 to House Upscale Hotel
6 Mar 2018 – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
An upscale hotel chain will occupy the top 17 floors of the 118-story Merdeka PNB118, which is currently under construction in Kuala Lumpur. The building is on track to…
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Melbourne’s Northbank Goods Shed Clears Planning Hurdle
16 Feb 2018 – Melbourne, Australia
The Future Melbourne Committee has announced its support of a revised mixed-use development along the Yarra River. The project includes a 17-story high-rise that will…
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Japan's Condo Developers Spot Opportunities in Asia-Pacific Urbanization
30 Nov 2017 – Melbourne, Australia
As people around the world are adopting urban lifestyles at an increasing rate, Japanese companies are seeing new opportunities to expand their overseas operations,…
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Existing Structures on 32 Smith Street to Transform Into Parramatta's "Northern Gateway"
7 Nov 2017 – Parramatta, Australia
A collection of existing structures at 93-95 Phillip Street and 32 Smith Street in Parramatta will be redeveloped into a super-site for a new commercial building. The…
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Leading Investment Firm Takes Space at Melbourne Quarter
13 Oct 2017 – Melbourne, Australia
A leading investment firm has leased 9,720 square meters at One Melbourne Quarter, the first of three office buildings at the Melbourne Quarter precinct, which is located…
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City of Melbourne Provides Conditional Approval to Southbank High-Rise
9 Oct 2017 – Melbourne, Australia
The City of Melbourne's Future Melbourne (Planning Committee) will provide conditional approval to a 48-story tower at 56-62 Clarendon Street. The site’s current occupier…
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Melbourne Architecture Firm Wins Parramatta Tower Design Competition
12 Sep 2017 – Sydney, Australia
A design by a Melbourne architecture firm, which drew its inspiration from the nearby Parramatta River, has been selected for a 26,000-square-meter office tower at 32…
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Planning Minister Grants Approval for Melbourne Quarter Tower
24 Mar 2017 – Melbourne, Australia
The newly approved Melbourne Quarter Tower will be located at 693 Collins Street, injecting almost 55,000 square meters of office space into the precinct across its 28…
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Plans Revealed For New Mixed-Use Precinct in Belconnen, Canberra
6 Dec 2016 – Canberra, Australia
Geocon recently revealed its plans for Republic, a AUD$700 million (USD$522 million) mixed-use project featuring three towers, which will be integrated with the…
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Connected Two-Tower Development Proposed for Melbourne
14 Nov 2016 – Melbourne, Australia
Having secured 308 Exhibition Street in early 2016, a developer now hopes to gain approval for a pair of towers connected at the 49th and 50th floors by a sky bridge. The…
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Melbourne’s Latest Highly Anticipated Residential Address Receives Approval
25 Aug 2016 – Melbourne, Australia
Melbourne is one step closer to innovative, next-generation living following the planning minister’s approval of Melbourne Quarter’s residential buildings, which are…
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Three-Tower Development Approved to for Melbourne Convention Centre Site
11 May 2016 – Melbourne, Australia
A USD$148 million, three-tower development has received approval to be built on the former Melbourne Convention Centre site at 7-23 Spencer Street. The towers will range…
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Two Tower Project Approved for Queen Street in Melbourne
15 Mar 2016 – Melbourne, Australia
The Victorian State Government has approved a $750 million two-tower development on Queen Street in Melbourne’s central business district (CBD). The two 79-story towers…
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Work Begins on Australia 108 in Melbourne
16 Oct 2015 – Melbourne, Australia
A giant new landmark is climbing into Melbourne's skyline, as construction officially begins on the Australia 108 skyscraper. Work has now started on the foundations of…
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Builder Appointed for Australia 108 in Melbourne
17 Sep 2015 – Melbourne, Australia
A Singaporean developer has formally appointed Brookfield Multiplex as builder for Australia 108, with on-site piling to commence in October. When completed, the building…
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Melbourne Apartment Boom Drives Twin Skyscraper Plan for Queen Street Site
5 May 2015 – Melbourne, Australia
Melbourne's reputation as the skyscraper capital of Australia will be boosted after a Chinese developer lodged plans to build a twin tower complex on Queen and La Trobe…
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Melbourne's Australia 108 Has Most Expensive Penthouse in the Country
9 Apr 2015 – Melbourne, Australia
Melbourne now boasts the most expensive condominium in Australia, with a luxury penthouse located in the city's tallest skyscraper snapped up by an anonymous investor for…
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Extreme Gardening Research Progressing On Top Of Melbourne’s Eureka Tower
25 Mar 2015 – Melbourne, Australia
For the past eight months, ecological artist Lloyd Godman and his team have been breaking new ground on top of Eureka Tower. They have installed eight Tillandsia plants…
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Foundation Work for Kuala Lumpur's KL118 to be Completed in 2015
1 Dec 2014 – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
The developer expects foundation and piling works on the KL118 Tower, formerly known as Menara Warisan Merdeka, to be completed by the third quarter of 2015. The tower…
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Air Plant Experiment Happening Atop Melbourne’s Eureka Tower
10 Sep 2014 – Melbourne, Australia
A biological experiment that aims to measure the viability of air plants at skyscraper heights is taking place atop Melbourne’s Eureka Tower. The experiment will measure…
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Kuala Lumpur, Dreaming of Dubai or Tokyo
7 Jul 2014 – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur, since the years of former Prime Minister Mohammad Mahathir, is filled up with ambitions to rival the world’s most sophisticated metropolises. Over the next…
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Melbourne Planning Minister Approves Australia 108
26 Jun 2014 – Melbourne, Australia
Melbourne will host the southern hemisphere’s tallest building, with a 100-story apartment tower approved for Southbank. Australia 108 will stand at 319 meters and will…
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Melbourne’s Australia 108 Height Reduced
30 Apr 2014 – Melbourne, Australia
Developers have resubmitted shorter plans for Australia 108, after it was determined that the 388-meter tower would violate aviation regulations limiting building heights…
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Proposed Tallest Building in Malaysia Begins Construction
18 Mar 2014 – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
The long-anticipated Warisan Merdeka, which may oust the Petronas Towers as the tallest building in Malaysia, is set to begin construction, with Pintaras Jaya…
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Five Permits Granted in One Melbourne 'Super Tuesday'
25 Feb 2014 – Melbourne, Australia
Five new residential towers were approved Feb. 25 in the booming central business district of Melbourne, which is an unprecedented amount, according to Planning Minister…
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Another Super-Skinny Tower Slinks Into Melbourne
3 Feb 2014 – Melbourne, Australia
The tall-building transformation continues in Melbourne with the nearing completion of a waifish residential tower, The Phoenix, which stands at 89 meters tall and only…
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Australia 108 is Back Under New Owners, and a Little Shorter
24 Jan 2014 – Melbourne, Australia
Australia 108 has emerged from a redesign, shorter than originally planned, but still tall enough to eclipse Melbourne’s current tallest building, 297-meter Eureka Tower…
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New Skyscraper May Surpass Melbourne’s Tallest
9 Dec 2013 – Melbourne, Australia
The Far East Consortium has proposed constructing a four-tower complex at 250 Spencer Street in the center of Melbourne. The site was recently purchased from ISPT, which…
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Video: King Kong Comes to Australian Tower
23 May 2013 – Melbourne, Australia
Stunt actress Leigh-Anne Vizer posed in the giant hand of King Kong high above the city of Melbourne as part of a PR stunt for the new theater production of King Kong:…
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Australia 108 Gets Nod from Melbourne Planning Minister
19 Mar 2013 – Melbourne, Australia
The proposed 388-meter, 108-story Australia 108 tower has been given the green light by the Melbourne Planning Minister, Matthew Guy, MP, according to radio station 3AW…
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Australia 108 to Employ Prefabricated Structure
27 Nov 2012 – Melbourne, Australia
The Southern Hemisphere's future tallest building, Australia 108, will include prefabricated elements in an attempt to slash construction time. The project will employ a…

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Fender Katsalidis at CTBUH

Five Minutes With: Karl Fender

22 May 2018, CTBUH News – Karl Fender, founding partner at Fender Katsalidis, sat down with CTBUH to…

Skyscraper Summit Warms Sydney Up for CTBUH 2017

18 Aug 2017, Event Report – A joint venture between the Urban Taskforce and CTBUH delivered a successful “warm-…

Executive Director Visits Sydney and Melbourne

6-10 Mar 2017, Event Report – CTBUH Executive Director Antony Wood traveled to Sydney and Melbourne to build…

Fender Katsalidis at CTBUH

Five Minutes With: Karl Fender
22 May 2018, Chicago – CTBUH News
Karl Fender, founding partner at Fender Katsalidis, sat down with CTBUH to discuss a number of his firm's projects, including PNB 118 Tower in Kuala Lumpur.
Skyscraper Summit Warms Sydney Up for CTBUH 2017
18 Aug 2017, Sydney – Event Report
A joint venture between the Urban Taskforce and CTBUH delivered a successful “warm-up” event in advance of the CTBUH 2017 Conference in Australia on August 18, 2017.
Executive Director Visits Sydney and Melbourne
6-10 Mar 2017, Sydney – Event Report
CTBUH Executive Director Antony Wood traveled to Sydney and Melbourne to build support for the 2017 conference through meetings and lectures.
Design Excellence at Greenland Centre
23 Jul 2014, Sydney – Event Report
The Sydney Committee hosted its second successful event exploring Design Excellence with five leading architects presenting their schemes for the Greenland Centre.

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CTBUH Annual Conference, Presenter, 2017
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CTBUH Resources Involving Fender Katsalidis

Award Winners & Award of Excellence Recipients

The CTBUH Awards recognize projects and individuals that have made extraordinary contributions to the advancement of tall buildings and the urban environment, and that achieve sustainability at the highest and broadest level.

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Five Minutes With: Karl Fender

22 May 2018 – Monthly Video Series
Karl Fender, Fender Katsalidis

Interview: Karl Fender

31 Oct 2017 – 2017 Australia Conference Interviews
Karl Fender, Fender Katsalidis Architects

Manufactured Architecture: Light-Weight Prefabrication in High-Rise Buildings

30 Oct 2017 – CTBUH 2017 Australia Conference
Nonda Katsalidis, Fender Katsalidis Architects

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Connecting the City: People, Density & Infrastructure

30 Oct 2017 – CTBUH Journal, 2017 Issue IV
CTBUH 2017 Conference Speakers

Merdeka PNB118 Case Study: Adding Value to the Growing City

17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism
Karl Fender, Fender Katsalidis Architects; YM Tengku Dato’ Ab. Aziz Tengku Mahmud, PNB Merdeka Ventures SDN Berhad; Peter Ramstedt & David Terenzio Turner International LLC

KL118 Case Study: Analysis of Different Bore Pile Testing Methods

17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism
Peter Ramstedt, Chien Jou Chen, Matthew Hennessy & David Terenzio, Turner International LLC

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Videos

Five Minutes With: Karl Fender
22 May 2018 – Monthly Video Series; Karl Fender, Fender Katsalidis
Karl Fender, founding partner at Fender Katsalidis, sat down with CTBUH to discuss a number of his firm's projects, including the PNB 118 Tower in Kuala Lumpur as well as the five-tower Melbourne Quarter complex.
Interview: Karl Fender
31 Oct 2017 – 2017 Australia Conference Interviews; Karl Fender, Fender Katsalidis Architects
Karl Fender of Fender Katsalidis Architects is interviewed by Chris Bentley during the 2017 CTBUH Australia Conference.
Manufactured Architecture: Light-Weight Prefabrication in High-Rise Buildings
30 Oct 2017 – Presentation at CTBUH 2017 Australia Conference; Nonda Katsalidis, Fender Katsalidis Architects
This presentation explored the approaches to custom prefabricating high-rise structures that over the last eight years have been designed and built as prefabricated systems covering both residential and hotel typologies in Australia and…
CTBUH 2017 Australia Conference - Session 2C: Modular Construction Q&A
30 Oct 2017 – Presentation at CTBUH 2017 Australia Conference; Chair: Sophie Giles, University of Western Australia; Anthony Sertorio, Multiplex; Nonda Katsalidis, Fender Katsalidis Architects; Phil Gardiner, Irwinconsult
Sophie Giles, Deputy Head - Education, University of Western Australia, chairs the question and answer session with Anthony Sertorio, Engineering Manager, Multiplex Engineering Innovations Group; Nonda Katsalidis, Director and Partner, Fender…
Merdeka PNB118 Case Study: Adding Value to the Growing City
17 Oct 2016 – Presentation at CTBUH 2016 China Conference; Karl Fender, Fender Katsalidis Architects
Monday October 17, 2016. Shenzhen, China. Karl Fender, Fender Katsalidis Architects, presents at the 2016 China Conference Session 4b: Other Asia Case Studies. Tall buildings embody objectives ranging from pure business to nation building. The…
Other Asia Case Studies Q&A
17 Oct 2016 – Presentation at CTBUH 2016 China Conference; Kipsan Beck, PACE; Karl Fender, Fender Katsalidis Architects
Monday, October 18, 2016. Shenzhen, China. Kipsan Beck of MahaNakhon, PACE and Karl Fender, of Fender Katsalidis Architects, answer questions at the end of 2016 China Conference Session 4B: Other Asia Case Studies. Buildings discussed include the…
CTBUH Video Interview – Karl Fender
16 Oct 2016 – 2016 China Conference Interviews; Karl Fender, Fender Katsalidis Architects
Karl Fender of Fender Katsalidis Architects is interviewed by Chris Bentley during the 2016 CTBUH China Conference. Karl discusses the design concept for Merdeka PNB118 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Skyscraper Citymaker
27 Oct 2015 – Presentation at CTBUH 2015 New York Conference; Karl Fender, Fender Katsalidis Architects
This presentation will amplify the positive physical and symbolic impact that tall buildings can have on a city. Fender Katsalidis has been at the forefront of high-density, high-rise residential buildings in Melbourne since 1995, and this typology…
2015 New York Conference - Session 5a - Q&A
27 Oct 2015 – Presentation at CTBUH 2015 New York Conference; Panel Questions & Answers
Karl Fender, Katsalidis Architects; Philip Vivian, Bates Smart; and Caroline Stalker, Architectus, answer questions at the end of 2015 New York Conference Session 4e: Developments in Australia.
Interview: Karl Fender
27 Oct 2015 – 2015 New York Conference Interviews; Karl Fender, Fender Katsalidis Architects
Karl Fender of Fender Katsalidis Architects is interviewed by Chris Bentley during the 2015 CTBUH New York Conference at the Grand Hyatt New York. Karl discusses the high-rise residential boom in Australia.
CTBUH Australia's Design Excellence with Craig Baudin, FKA
23 Jul 2014 – CTBUH Leader Presentations & Meetings; Craig Baudin, Fender Katsalidis Architects
Leading architect Craig Baudin, Director of Architecture of FKA, presents FKA's scheme for the Greenland Centre – a building that will be the tallest residential building in Sydney once complete. This is part two of five schemes presented at CTBUH…
CTBUH Australia's Design Excellence: Q & A
23 Jul 2014 – CTBUH Leader Presentations & Meetings; Ray Brown, Architectus; Craig Baudin, FKA; Phillip Rossington, BVN Donovan Hill; Ken McBryde, Hassell; and Manuelle Schelp, Schelp Studios representing GMP
On July 23rd, 2014, the Australian CTBUH Sydney Chapter hosted its second successful event exploring Design Excellence at Hassell Studios in Sydney with five leading architects presenting their schemes for the Greenland Centre – a building that will…

Papers/Research

Connecting the City: People, Density & Infrastructure
30 Oct 2017 – CTBUH Journal, 2017 Issue IV; CTBUH 2017 Conference Speakers
The future of humanity on this planet relies on the collective benefits of urban density; reducing both land consumption and the energy needed to construct and operate the horizontally dispersed city. Tall buildings must now be the vehicles for…
Merdeka PNB118 Case Study: Adding Value to the Growing City
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Karl Fender, Fender Katsalidis Architects; YM Tengku Dato’ Ab. Aziz Tengku Mahmud, PNB Merdeka Ventures SDN Berhad; Peter Ramstedt & David Terenzio Turner International LLC
Tall buildings embody objectives ranging from pure business to nation building. The KL118 Tower in particular represents these objectives and more as it successfully knits together cultural and social needs into the urban fabric to revitalize a…
KL118 Case Study: Analysis of Different Bore Pile Testing Methods
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Peter Ramstedt, Chien Jou Chen, Matthew Hennessy & David Terenzio, Turner International LLC
In the construction of tall towers a variety of pile testing methodologies are used. Piles can be tested for many purposes including the optimization of pile design, operational verification, and quality assurance of completed piles or perhaps for…
Skyscraper Citymaker
26 Oct 2015 – Asia & Australasia: A Selection of Written Works on the World's Tall Building Forefront; Karl Fender, Fender Katsalidis
Tall buildings can amplify the positive physical and symbolic impact on a city. Fender Katsalidis has been at the forefront of high-density, high-rise residential buildings in Melbourne since 1995, and this typology has proven critical to the city’s…

Tall Buildings Involving Fender Katsalidis

1   Merdeka PNB118 2021 644 m Kuala Lumpur
2   Australia 108 2020 317 m Melbourne
3   Eureka Tower 2006 297 m Melbourne
4   Queens Place North Tower 2020 250 m Melbourne
5   World Tower 2004 230 m Sydney
6   Fulton Lane Tower 1 2015 148 m Melbourne
7   The Spencer 2017 131 m Melbourne
8   Oaks on William 2013 126 m Melbourne
9   Ibis Hotel 2016 92 m Brisbane
10   Wills Court 2003 92 m Melbourne
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