The Auckland Sky Tower is an observation and communications tower located in the Central Business District of Auckland City in New Zealand. Due to its height and design, it has become an iconic structure and a popular landmark in Auckland. Standing at 328 meters or 1,076 feet tall, it is also considered as the tallest free-standing structure in the Southern Hemisphere.
Sky Tower History
The Sky Tower was built as part of the SKYCITY Auckland casino complex. It was constructed from 1994 to 1997. The tower was designed by the architectural firm Craig Craig Moller Architects the design of which garnered a New Zealand Institute of Architects National Award. The tower took more than two years to build and finally opened on March 3, 1997, a god 6 months ahead of its original schedule.
Sky Tower Features
The Sky Tower stands 328 meters or 1,076 feet high. Its topmost floor is at 222 meters or 728.3 feet above. The upper portion of the tower houses two restaurants and a cafe, which also includes a revolving restaurant located 190 meters from the ground that turns 360 degrees every hour. There are also three observation decks located at different levels on the tower.
The Sky Tower is constructed using reinforced , high performance concrete. The upper levels are constructed using composite materials, structural steel, precast and reinforced concrete. The tower is designed to withstand wind forces in excess of 200kn/h as well as resist earthquakes.