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Sydney Tower

The Sydney Tower (AMP Tower) is Sydney's tallest free-standing structure, and the second tallest in Australia after the Gold Coast's Q1 Building.
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Information
Location Sydney, Australia
Status Complete
Constructed 1970–1981
Use Observation and communications tower
Height
Antenna/Spire 305 m (1,000 ft)
Top floor 260 m (853 ft) for Sydney Tower Skywalk
Technical details
Elevator count 3
Companies
Architect Donald Crone and Associates
Owner Westfield Centrepoint

Sydney Tower (also known as the AMP Tower, AMP Centrepoint Tower, Centrepoint Tower or just Centrepoint) is Sydney's tallest free-standing structure, and the second tallest in Australia (with the Q1 building on the Gold Coast being the tallest). It is also the second tallest observation tower in the Southern Hemisphere (after Auckland, New Zealand's Sky Tower); though Sydney Tower's main observation deck is almost 50 metres higher than that of Auckland's Sky Tower. The Sydney Tower is a member of the World Federation of Great Towers. The Sydney Opera House on Sydney Harbour Sydney (pronounced ) is the most populous city in Australia, with a metropolitan area population of approximately 4. ... Sydney Tower Skywalk Logo Sydney Tower Skywalk, or just Skywalk, is an open-air, glass-floored platform circling Sydney Tower at a height of 260m above ground level. ... Westfield owns the current shopping centre featured underneath the well known Sydney Tower, known to many as Centrepoint Tower, or as the name of the centre suggests simply Centrepoint. ... The Sydney Opera House on Sydney Harbour Sydney (pronounced ) is the most populous city in Australia, with a metropolitan area population of approximately 4. ... Q1 (meaning Queensland Number One) is a skyscraper located in Surfers Paradise, the tourism hub in Gold Coast, Australia. ... Gold Coast is a city and local government area in the southeast corner of Queensland, Australia. ... southern hemisphere highlighted in yellow (Antarctica not depicted). ... Auckland, in the North Island of New Zealand, is the largest urban area in New Zealand. ... Looking up at the Sky Tower / Sky Tower lit up at night. ... The World Federation of Great Towers (WFGT) is an association of tall towers and skyscrapers from around the world. ...


The tower stands 305 metres[1] above the central business district, being located at 100 Market Street, between Pitt and Castlereagh Streets. It is accessible from the Pitt Street Mall, and sits upon Centrepoint (to which the tower is often referred), an office building and shopping centre. The tower is open to the public, and is one of the most prominent tourist attractions in the city, being visible from a number of vantage points throughout town and from adjoining suburbs. This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... Pitt Street Mall is the pedestrianised section of Pitt Street in the CBD of Sydney, Australia. ... For the traditional meaning of the word mall, see mall. ...

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History

Construction of the office building commenced in 1970, and tower construction began in 1975. Public access to the tower, at the time the fourth tallest building in the world, began in September 1981. The total cost of construction was A$ 36 million.[1] This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... ISO 4217 Code AUD User(s) Australia, Kiribati, Nauru, Tuvalu, Christmas Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands, and Norfolk Island Inflation 3. ...


Prior to construction of the tower, the height limit in Sydney had been set at 279 m, to allow for safe overflights by flying boats,[1] an aircraft type that had been obsolescent for almost two decades. Boeing 314 A flying boat is an aircraft that is designed to take off and land on water, in particular a type of seaplane which uses its fuselage as a floating hull (instead of pontoons mounted below the fuselage). ...


Tower

Sections

There are three main sections of the tower open to public access. One is the observation deck at 250 metres above ground level with a fully-enclosed viewing platform featuring 360 degree views of the city and surrounds. This floor also features a small gift shop, a readout displaying data on the conditions of the tower (wind speed, direction and sway amplitude). The Sydney Tower Skywalk platform at 268 metres above ground level has an open-air viewing platform only accessible as part of planned and booked tours.[1] Sydney Tower Skywalk Logo Sydney Tower Skywalk, or just Skywalk, is an open-air, glass-floored platform circling Sydney Tower at a height of 260m above ground level. ...


There are also revolving restaurants, one à la carte and one buffet. The buffet restaurant was recently (2006) renovated. It seats 220 people, and serves 185,000 customers annually, of which 50,000 are international visitors, mostly from Asia.[2]


Details

The tower has a maximum capacity of 960 people. Travel from the ground to the tower is via three high speed double-deck elevators that reach the observation deck in approximately 40 seconds.[3] Double-deck elevators are elevators designed such that two elevator cars are attached one on top of the other. ...


Cultural events

Leading up to the Sydney 2000 Olympics, the tower was decorated with sculptures of athletes, which were positioned above the main body of the tower and in some cases overhung the edges. These sculptures were removed in 2003 and relocated to the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra.[4] The figures were placed atop the tower using an Erickson S-64 Aircrane heavy lift helicopter known as "Elvis". The 2000 Summer Olympics or the Millennium Games/Games of the New Millennium, officially known as the Games of the XXVII Olympiad, were the Summer Olympic Games held in 2000 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 2003 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) headquarters is sited in Canberra, the Capital city of Australia. ... For other uses, see Canberra (disambiguation). ... This article does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Elvis is the nickname of an Erickson S-64 Air-Crane Helitanker (N179AC) which has gained fame in Australia as a highly visible and valuable tool in bushfire suppression. ...


On several occasions, the tower has been used to launch fireworks or it has been illuminated with coloured lights as part of various celebrations in Sydney, such as New Years Eve or during the Olympics in 2000. Fireworks over Miami, Florida, USA on American Independence Day Fireworks at Epcot, Florida, USA The Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House illuminated under New Years Eve Fireworks 2005 A Fireworks event (also called a fireworks show) or Pyrotechnics is a spectacular display of the effects produced by...


Every year, the Sydney Tower Run-up comprises the challenge of running up the stairs inside the tower as quickly as possible. Sydney Tower Run-up is a yearly challenge to run up the stairs of Sydneys AMP Tower as fast as possible. ...


References

The top of the tower viewed from Hyde Park.
The top of the tower viewed from Hyde Park.
  1. ^ a b c d Sydney Tower Fact Sheet (from the Oztrek website)
  2. ^ Revamped restaurant for Sydney Tower - Yahoo!7 News, Friday 02 February 2007
  3. ^ The Sydney Tower. Sydney Online Pty Ltd.. Retrieved on 2007-02-10.
  4. ^ New home for athletes of steel. Australian Government: Department of Communication, Information Technology and the Arts (2003-06-1). Retrieved on 2006-10-14.

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See also

The worlds first hyperboloid water tower by Vladimir Shukhov, All-Russian Exposition, Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, 1896 Hyperboloid structures in architecture were first applied by Russian engineer Vladimir Shukhov (1853-1939). ... The following fall under the definition of a tower which is a tall man-made structure, always taller than it is wide, and usually much higher. ...

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