Q1 (building)

Infobox Skyscraper
building_name = Q1

caption = The Q1 (building)
location = Gold Coast, Australia
groundbreaking= 2002
constructed = November 2005
use = Residential
antenna_spire = 323 m (1,058 ft)
roof = 275 m (902 ft)
floor_count = 78
developer = Sunland
contractor = Sunland

Q1 (meaning Queensland Number One) is a skyscraper located in Surfers Paradise, on the Gold Coast. It is the world's tallest residential tower incorporating its spire.


At 322.5 metres (1,058 feet including spire) and with a roof height of 275 metres (902 ft), 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 floor.

Q1 overtook the 21st Century Tower in Dubai, United Arab Emirates as the world's second tallest residential tower. It is the 20th tallest building in the world when measured to its structural point, dwarfing the Gold Coast skyline with the closest buildings to Q1's height being the 220 m (722 ft) North Tower of Circle on Cavill and the under construction 240 m (787 ft) Soul Building.

The 91-storey Eureka Tower in Melbourne, Victoria has been described as the tallest residential building in the world, and the tallest building in Australia. According to the ranking system developed by the US-based Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, Q1 qualifies as the taller building in the first category, which is the main criteria in which heights are ranked, namely Pinnacle Height and Architectural Top, due to its 97.7 metre spire. The Eureka Tower is taller in the two of the other categories, Roof Height and Highest Occupied Floor. The roof height of Q1 is 275 m compared to Eureka's roof height of 297 m, and its top floor is at a height of 235 m, whereas Eureka's top floor is immediately below its roof, essentially making Eureka's superstructure 62 metres higher than Q1's.

Q1 will lose its status as the world's second tallest residential building sometime in 2008, when the 395 metre (1,296 ft) 23 Marina in Dubai is completed, making it the third tallest, again, behind Eureka.

Design and construction

Q1 was designed by Atelier SDG, and its form was inspired by the Sydney 2000 Olympic torch and the Sydney Opera House. 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 Torso in Sweden.

Observation deck

The observation deck at levels 77 and 78 is one of the world's few beachside observation decks, and has room for 400 people. The observation deck towers 230 metres above Surfers Paradise beach. On the QDeck there are 360 degree views from Brisbane to the North, The Gold Coast Hinterland to the west, Byron Bay to the South and the beautiful Pacific Ocean to the east.


* Sixty floors up is a 10 storey high mini-rainforest sky garden, which is illuminated at night.
* The building is supported by 26 piles, two metres in diameter, that extend 40 metres into the ground then up to four metres into solid rock.
* On the 28th of March 2007 two men were charged by the Queensland police for BASE jumping from the tower.
* A new residential building in Dubai is under construction. It is a relative to this skyscraper. The D1 Tower (Dubai Number One) has the same amount of floors, despite its height being taller. It is expected to be completed in 2009.


ee also

*List of tallest buildings in Australia
*List of skyscrapers
*List of tallest freestanding structures in the world


*cite web | title=Q1.com.au | work=Official Q1 Website | url=http://www.q1.com.au| accessmonthday=January 10 | accessyear=2005
*cite web | title=Gold Coast Portal | work=The record-setting view from Q1 | url=http://www.goldcoastaustralia.com/110004.php | accessmonthday=January 10 | accessyear=2005
* [http://www.emporis.com/en/wm/bu/?id=101921 Emporis - Q1 Tower]

External links

* [http://www.q1.com.au/ Q1 Resort & Spa]
* [http://www.qdeck.com.au/ Q1 Observation Deck (QDeck)]
* [http://www.emporis.com/en/wm/bu/?id=101921 Q1] at Emporis
* [http://www.q1penthouse.com Q1 Penthouse]

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before = Torre Agbar
(Barcelona, Spain)
after = The Wave
(Gold Coast, Australia)
title = Emporis Skyscraper Award (Silver)
years = 2005|

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