Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Taipei 101

The Taipei 101 Tower was constructed and was completed in 2004. It was officially became the world’s talles in October, 2003, when the final section of the spire was put into place. It holds three of the world’s tallest building titles. They are, tallest to structural top, tallest to roof, and highest occupied floor.

Why the tower is called Taipei 101? It is named Taipei 101 since the tower has 101 stories above ground and has five underground.

The building is the most technologically advanced skyscraper constructed to date. The building features fiber-optic and satellite Internet connections allowing speeds up to 1 gigabit per second. The tower includes a six-floor retail mall with shops, restaurants, and other attractions. The indoor observation deck is located on the 89th floor while the outdoor observation deck is located on the 91st floor. They are all open to public.

Taipei 101’s architecture is inspired by traditional Chinese buildings. Ancient coins were firmly attached to the exterior of the 26th floor and a Feng Shui master was consulted as part of the design process. Both the building’s interior and exterior incorporate the Chinese pagoda form and the shape of bamboo flowers.

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