Elysium (building)

Elysium (also known as 54 Clarke) was a proposed residential skyscraper to be located in the Southbank precinct of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Despite receiving planning approval in 2013, the proposed skyscraper was scrapped in 2019.

Elysium proposal.jpg
An artist's impression of Elysium
Alternative names
  • 54 Clarke[1]
  • Clarke Street Apartment Development[1]
General information
StatusNever built
Location54-56 Clarke Street, Melbourne, Australia
Roof243.8 m (800 ft)[1]
Technical details
Floor count75 plus 12 underground[1]
Design and construction
Architecture firmBKK Architects[1]
DeveloperMatrix & Cube[1]
Structural engineerMacLeod Consulting[1]
Services engineerSPA Consulting Engineers Pty Ltd[1]

The project was developed by the Melbourne-based Matrix & Cube group and designed by BKK Architects.[2] Rising to a height of 243.8 metres (800 feet), Elysium would have contained up to 288 residential apartments, across 75 levels; this would have made it one of the tallest buildings in Melbourne.[1] Its design was notable for a slender appearance – with a width of 12 metres (39 feet) at its narrowest – which had earned it a reputation for being one of the "skinniest skyscraper (proposals)" in Melbourne.[3]

First proposed in 2011, Elysium received approval twice in 2013 by then-Planning Minister Matthew Guy; initially in February, 2013, which was later challenged through Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT),[4][5] and then subsequently in December, 2013.[6] In 2019, the proposed skyscraper was cancelled, with plans resubmitted for a high-rise residential building of 24 levels.[7]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Elysium - The Skyscraper Center Archived 18 December 2021 at the Wayback Machine. Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. Retrieved 16 September 2020
  2. ^ Elysium - 54 Clarke Street, Southbank Archived 23 September 2022 at the Wayback Machine. UrbanMelbourne.info. Retrieved 17 February 2015
  3. ^ Fedele, Angela. (3 January 2014). "Melbourne’s Skinniest Skyscraper Approved" Archived 17 February 2015 at the Wayback Machine. Sourceable. Retrieved 17 February 2015
  4. ^ Dowling, Jason. (13 February 2013). "Doyle slams approval of mega-tower" Archived 8 November 2013 at the Wayback Machine. The Age. Retrieved 17 February 2015
  5. ^ Dow, Aisha. (10 September 2013). "Southbank megatower oppressive: council" Archived 30 October 2015 at the Wayback Machine. The Age. Retrieved 17 February 2015
  6. ^ Trotman, Nicola. (19 December 2013). "Guy approves Melbourne's most 'skinny' tower for Southbank". Property Observer. Retrieved 17 February 2015
  7. ^ Sadler, Denham (17 April 2019). "Controversial Southbank development years in the making changes tack". Commercial Real Estate. Retrieved 16 September 2020.