Skinny towers: with few prime city sites left, Sydney and Melbourne are going tall and slim

Sydney’s Pencil Tower hotel will be 6.4 metres wide, 100 metres high and 34 metres deep. An ingenious solution – or foolhardy?

The impossibly tall and thin aesthetic no longer limited to the runways of high fashion, the trend for slenderness has now moved into architectural design as Australian cities follow New York and Hong Kong in the construction of towers as narrow as they are high.

Joining the Phoenix Apartments in Flinders Street, Melbourne – which first brought the skinny tower to Australia – will be the proposed Pencil Tower hotel in Sydney and the Magic Tower in Melbourne.

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