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Taipei 101 Tower in Taipei, Taiwan


The Taipei Tower in Taiwan

The Taipei Tower in Taiwan. See a larger view

Photo: Turner Construction

Designers and Builders:

C.Y. Lee and Partner, Architects, and Turner International Industries, Inc., project and construction management

Year Completed:

Vital Statistics:

With a massive 60-foot spire inspired by Twaiwan's native bamboo plant, Taipei 101 Tower is one of the tallest buildings in the world. At 508 meters (1,667 feet) high, the tower and its spire outrank the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Taipei Tower has:

  • 198,347 m2 (2,336,000 sq. ft.) of office space,
  • 77,033 m2 (796,000 sq. ft.) of retail space, and
  • 83,000 m2 (893,000 sq. ft.) of parking space for more than 1,800 vehicles.

Earthquake Safety:

Designing a building this large presented unique challenges because Twaiwan is subject to typhoons and earthquakes. To counter movement, a tuned mass damper system has been incorporated into the structure. The 800-metric ton (1,764,000 lbs.), spherical steel mass is located on level 88 and is visible from the restaurant and observation decks. The system transfers the energy from the building to the swinging sphere, providing a stabilizing force.

Special Design Features:

The design of Taipei 101 borrows heavily from Chinese culture. Both the building's interior and exterior incorporate the Chinese pagoda form and the shape of bamboo flowers. The lucky number eight, which means blooming or success, is represented by the eight clearly delineated exterior sections of the building.

Observation Decks:

Located on floors 89 and 91, the observation decks include the highest restaurant in Taiwan. Two high-speed elevators reach a maximum speed of 1,010 meters/minute (55 ft./second) when traveling to the 89th floor.

Is Taipei Tower the World's Tallest Building?:

For several years, Taipei Tower was widely considered the tallest building in the world. It is now outranked by the Burj Dubai in Dubai. To compare the Taipei Tower with other tall buildings, see our FAQ page, What is the World's Tallest Building?
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