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Taipei 101 – World’s Current Tallest Skyscraper

Posted by Jae on January 7, 2009

Taipei 101

Taipei 101

The crowning achievement of man thus far, the current tallest skyscraper in the world is the mixed-use, 2004 completed, 1.7 billion US dollar, 101 floor, 509 m Taipei 101 in Taipei, Taiwan. Taipei 101 received the Emporis Skyscraper Award in 2004 upon completion. It has been hailed as one of the Seven New Wonders of the World and Seven Wonders of Engineering. Taipei 101 was the first building in the world to break the half-kilometer mark in height.  This structure is designed to withstand gale winds of 60 m/s (216 km/h, 134 mi/h) and the strongest earthquakes likely to occur in a 2,500 year cycle.

At night the bright gleam from its pinnacle casts Taipei 101 in the role of a torch, upholding the ideals of liberty and welcome. From 6:00 to 10:00 each evening, the tower’s lights display one of seven colors in the spectrum. The colors coincide with the days of the week:

Day

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

Color

Taipei 101 features an Indoor Observatory (89th floor) and an Outdoor Observatory (91st floor). Both offer 360-degree views and attract visitors from around the world. The Indoor Observatory stands 383 m above ground while the Outdoor Observatory puts visitors up at 392 m above ground. The elevator takes visitors from the 5th floor (where you purchase tickets) to the 89th floor in 37 seconds.

Upon its completion Taipei 101 claimed the official records for:

1) Ground to highest architectural structure: 509 m. Previously held by the Petronas Towers at 452 m.

2) Ground to roof: 449 m. Formerly held by the Sears Tower at 442 m.

3) Ground to highest occupied floor: 439 m. Formerly held by the Sears Tower at 412 m.

4) Fastest ascending elevator speed: 16.83 m/s (60.6 km/h, 37.7 mi/h). This speed is 34.7 percent faster than the previous record holders of the Yokohama Landmark Tower elevator, in Yokohama, Japan, which speeds at 12.5 m/s (45.0 km/h, 28.0 mi/h).

5) Largest countdown clock: On display every New Year’s Eve.

6) Tallest sundial.

7) World Highest Outdoor Public Observation Deck at 392 m.

Taipei 101 is the Centerpiece for Taipei

Taipei 101 is the Centerpiece for Taipei

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One Response to “Taipei 101 – World’s Current Tallest Skyscraper”

  1. […] Calatrava in 2004.  It’s the world’s second largest sundial at 217 feet.  The Taipei 101 building has them beat at 1670.6 feet.  But the Sundial Bridge shouldn’t feel bad.  The […]

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