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Q1 (meaning Queenslandmarker 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 Hemispheremarker. It is the second tallest free standing structure in the southern hemisphere, behind Aucklandmarker's Sky Towermarker.

Height

At and 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 Melbournemarker's Eureka Towermarker (roof height of 297.3 metres, 975 ft) when measured to its roof height and highest inhabitable floor. 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.

When completed, Q1 overtook the 21st Century Towermarker in Dubaimarker, United Arab Emiratesmarker 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 Cavillmarker and the under construction Soul building.

Q1 will lose its status as the world's tallest residential building sometime in 2009, when the 23 Marinamarker in Dubai is completed, making it the second, and not soon after the third tallest residential building when the Princess Towermarker, also in Dubai, is completed.

D1marker is one of the numerous skyscrapers currently undergoing construction in Dubai. 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

Q1 was designed by Atelier SDG, and its form was inspired by the Sydney 2000 Olympic torch and the Sydney Opera Housemarker. The name was given in honour of members of Australia’s Olympic sculling team of 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 Torsomarker 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 rock.

Observation deck

QDeck, the observation deck at levels 77 and 78 is Australia's only beachside observation deck, and has room enough for 400 people. It towers 230 metres above the Surfers Paradise beach, giving viewers a 360 degree view of Brisbanemarker to the North, The Gold Coast Hinterland to the west, Byron Baymarker to the South and the Pacific Oceanmarker to the east.

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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

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