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Q1 (Queensland 1) Tower – World’s Tallest All Residential Skyscraper

Posted by Jae on January 11, 2009

Queensland Number One

Queensland Number One

The Q1 is a 2005 completed, 78 floor, 323 m skyscraper located in the Gold Coast, Australia. At 323 m and with a roof height of 275 m, Q1 qualifies as the world’s tallest all-residential building, tallest building in Australia, and tallest building in the Southern Hemisphere when measured to the top of its architectural point, but is the world’s second tallest behind Melbourne’s Eureka Tower (roof height of 297 m) when measured to its roof height and highest inhabitable floor. (However, according to the ranking system developed by Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, the main criteria in which heights are ranked is to the top of the spire, therefore Q1 qualifies as the taller.) The observation deck at floors 77 and 78 is one of the world’s few beach side observation decks in the world. It towers 230 m above Surfers Paradise beach, giving viewers a 360 degree view of Brisbane to the north, the Gold Coast Hinterland to the west, Byron Bay to the south, and the Pacific Ocean to the east.

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