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Taipei 101


Taipei 101 is a 101-story skyscraper which is located in Taipei’s Xinyi District in Taiwan. Ever since its opening, the skyscraper has served as an icon of Modern Taiwan. With a height of 508 meters, it was the first building on the planet to break the half kilometer mark. It is still the tallest building built in an earthquake zone.

It occupies a total floor area of about 412,500 square meters. The building also holds the record for the largest count-down clock on New Year’s Eve. In 2011, it was awarded the LEED platinum certification and became the tallest and largest green building in the world.


Quick Facts: –

  • Taipei 101 has double deck elevators that take visitors from the 5th floor to the 89th floor in just 37 seconds.
  • There are a total of 61 elevators in the building and all of them have atmospheric controls.
  • As the building is located just 200 meters away from a major fault line, its structure is designed to withstand an earthquake of 9 on the Richter scale.
  • The building is structurally resistant to withstand winds of 134 miles per hours.
  • The tower was designed by the Taiwanese architecture firm C.Y. Lee & Partners and the total cost of the project was US$1.934 billion.
  • Construction of the building started in 1999 and got completed in 2004. The formal opening took place on New Year’s Eve in 2004.
  • The building features a 728 ton steel pendulum that also serves as a tuned mass damper.
  • The building has not got a 44th floor as the number 4 is considered unlucky in Chinese culture. The series of floors goes like – 42, 42A, 43 and 45.



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