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New 26-storey high-rise coming to Gungahlin

A new multi-unit development proposed for Gungahlin could be set to become the tallest residential structure in Canberra. 

Two 26-storey towers and an eight-storey building being planned for development on land situated at the corner of Gozzard Street and Gundaroo Drive, Domain reports. 

A fine dining restaurant is expected to top the structure, which is being led by Empire Global and is subject to the relevant approval from the Australian Capital Territory government. 

If the plans are approved, then one of the structure's distinctive features will be a podium on the 26th floor to connect the two towers. This will be covered in glass windows and encompass a function centre, a sky park, gym and sauna, as well as the restaurant - and it will be made publicly accessible. 

Ken Ip, Empire Global general manager of the project, which has been designed by Nathan Gibson Judd Architect,  said it will have around 300 apartments. 

Some 1,500 sq m of commercial space is pencilled in for the ground level, with another 1,200 sq m for the top floor.

High ceilings are planned for the mix of apartments, which could help to make the building the tallest in the Australian capital, although the exact height of the two towers has not yet been finalised.

"We hope the top floor becomes iconic in its design and construction and a tourist spot," Mr Ip remarked. 

Nathan Judd said the building could offer a chance to reinvent Gungahlin, alongside the development of the light rail route from the region to the city centre. 

"We got this idea that we are creating a new icon and starting to think about Gungahlin as a destination," Mr Judd commented. "We have really responded to that in the architecture."

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