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Jul 08 The projects transforming Southbank

A residential address that redefines what people think of luxury. A tower that goes where no other has been before. A landmark of unsurpassed excellence. Welcome to Australia 108 a grand vison by World Class Global.

At a breathtaking 100 levels this iconic superstructure is Melbourne's highest centrepiece, commanding the title of tallest residential building in the Southern Hemisphere. But there is so much more to Australia 108 than just its ambitious height - this is an address where every detail is embellished to offer more, go further and be more beautiful than what has come previously.

A creation by listed Singaporean developer World Class Global, Australia 108 was designed by the renowned team at Fender Katsalidis, which has introduced such famed buildings to our architectural heritage including Hobart's MONA Museum, Eureka Tower and the multi-awarded Hotel Hotel in Canberra.

Of the design, Fender Katsalidis director Karl Fender OAM says: "Australia 108 is a highly sculptural residential tower unlike any other in Australia. Its slender form is highlighted at the Cloud Residences levels by a golden Starburst expression and then morphs into a curvaceous profile against the sky. The Starburst which contains the resident facilities is inspired by the Commonwealth Star on the Australian flag and is an obvious celebration of the sense of community within the building."

Carr Design have brought an attention-to-detail to the interior schemes, which utilise space and maximise layouts intelligently. Well recognised for their hotel work at Jackalope on the Mornington Peninsula and United Places in South Yarra, they have also brought the thinking they apply to multi-million-dollar mansion homes to the building to create apartments of distinction.

Of their approach at Australia 108, Director of Architecture, Chris McCue says: "The task was to create something really unique for Melbourne in an apartment offer that hadn't been done before. We really focused on the liveability of the apartments, wanting the spaces to enable a fantastic panorama to take in the view of the Melbourne skyline." Australia 108's rising form is ringed by a golden Starburst three-quarter of the way up. This cantilevering structure hangs up to 14 metres over the street in places and is designed as a hub to foster community within the building.

It's here the exclusive 2,800 square metre Star Club is located, offering two full floors of endless relaxation and social opportunities. Two infinity pools brush the glass overlooking the city and bay at either end of the Star Club and are complimented by state-of-the-art gyms, steam rooms, spas, dining suites and a soaring indoor wintergarden trimmed with hanging plants 70 levels above ground.

Offering unparalleled privacy, Cloud Residence owners are treated to their own private section of amenity. While all residents enjoy access to the remaining Star Club and an additional level of recreation on level 11, including pool, sauna, steam room, cinema, gym and dining room.

It is a truly breathtaking lifestyle to be enjoyed when you consider the views, you might call it a truly cloud breaking lifestyle.