Melbourne's future streetscape can now be viewed for the first time as an interactive 3D model that shows building development activity.

Melbourne City Council's colour coded model lays out existing buildings, those approved, under construction or under application.

Landmark towers that will change our skyline include:

  • Australia's tallest building, One Queensbridge will be 26m taller than Eureka Tower
  • 447 Collins St, a 42-level twin-tower structure worth A$1.25b
  • Australia 108 in Southbank will stand 319m tall, 25m higher than the Eureka Tower
  • Melbourne's first Shangri-La hotel, priced at A$480 million
  • Queens Place, twin 79-storey skyscrapers, will be taller than Rialto Towers

Video: 3D Development Activity Monitor | City of Melbourne

Data from the council highlights a boom in office space — construction of 90,000 square metres of office space has been completed in the first four months of the year, compared with 6000 square metre in 2016.

Melbourne's hunger for offices is expected to grow with up to 2.5 million square metre of office and retail space needed over the next eight years. About 1.5 million square metres are already in the pipeline.

Nearby Fishermans Bend, E-Gate, Docklands and the Arden-Macaulay precinct are expected to grow exponentially as did Southbank when it began. This will add 650 hectares for development in the broader City of Melbourne area.

Since the start of 2017, 5300 residential dwellings, mostly apartments, were completed while a further 36,600 have been approved. Applications have been lodged for 18,300 more.

Demand for student and family accommodation is driving residential construction. More than 30,000 international students now live in the municipality.

Three bedroom apartments were being built at the fastest rate in five years, reflecting the desire of families to live in the inner city.

The project has been created through the city's partnership with US-based mapping platform Mapbox.

Visit the Development Activity Model website for more information.