Q1 (meaning Queensland Number One) is a supertall skyscraper
located in Surfers
Paradise, on the Gold
Coast. It is the world's tallest residential tower
and the tallest
building in Australia and the Southern Hemisphere. It is the second tallest free standing
structure in the southern hemisphere, behind Auckland's Sky Tower.
with a roof height of , Q1 qualifies as the world's tallest
all-residential building when measured to the top of its structural
point (spire), but is the world's second
tallest behind Melbourne's Eureka
Tower (roof height of 297.3 metres, 975 ft)
when measured to its roof height and highest inhabitable
However, according to the ranking system developed by
the US-based Council on Tall
Buildings and Urban Habitat
, the main criterion by which
heights are ranked is the height of the top of the spire,
qualifying Q1 as the taller.
completed, Q1 overtook the 21st Century Tower in Dubai, United Arab
Emirates to become the world's tallest residential
tower. It is currently in the top 50 tallest buildings in the
world when measured to its structural point, dwarfing the Gold
Coast skyline with the closest buildings to Q1's height being the
North Tower of Circle on
Cavill and the under construction Soul building.
lose its status as the world's tallest residential building
sometime in 2009, when the
Marina in Dubai is completed, making it the second, and
not soon after the third tallest residential building when the
Tower, also in Dubai, is completed.
D1 is one of
the numerous skyscrapers currently undergoing construction in
A sister tower of Q1, D1 (Dubai Number One) will be
shorter than its Australian counterpart, but with a taller roof
height. Unlike Q1, D1 will not have a spire. Construction is
expected to be completed in 2011.
Design and construction
designed by Atelier SDG, and its form
was inspired by the Sydney 2000
Olympic torch and the Sydney Opera
The name was given in honour of members of
Australia’s Olympic sculling
the 1920s – Q1.
It was developed by The Sunland Group
and built by Sunland Constructions. The building was the Silver Award winner
of the 2005 Emporis Skyscraper
Award, coming in second to Turning Torso in Sweden.
The building is supported by 26 pile
, each two metres in diameter, that
extend 40 metres into the ground then up to four metres into solid
QDeck, the observation deck at levels 77 and 78 is Australia's only
beachside observation deck, and has room enough for 400 people.
230 metres above the Surfers Paradise beach, giving viewers a 360
degree view of Brisbane to the North, The Gold Coast Hinterland to the west,
Bay to the South and the Pacific Ocean to the east.
Image:Q1 top.jpg|The top of Q1 viewed from the rearImage:Q1
Tower.jpg|A side view of the towerImage:Q1 oberservation
deck.jpg|Q1 observation deck viewImage:Q1 Q Deck day.JPG|North view
from the QDeckImage:Q Deck Day z.JPG|Looking south down the
coastImage:q deck day 4.JPG|Inland toward the westImage:Q1 qdeck
night.JPG|A night-time view north