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Tuntex Sky Tower – Prong Skyscraper

Posted by Jae on January 10, 2009

Tuntex Sky Tower

Tuntex Sky Tower

Tuntex Sky Tower, also known as the T & C Tower or 85 SKYTOWER, is a 1997 completed, 85 floor, 348 m skyscraper located in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. It is the tallest in Kaohsiung, was the tallest in Taiwan until the completion of Taipei 101, and contains the 2nd highest hotel rooms in the world (1st is Jin Mao Tower in Shanghai.)

The tower has an unique ‘prong’ design with two separate 39-floor sections, which merge into a single central tower rising to a spire which looks great! The design was inspired by the Chinese character Kao (or Gao ), meaning “tall,” and also the first character in the city’s name.

The building is owned by the Tuntex Group and is mainly offices, but includes: residential space, a department store, and the Splendor Kaohsiung hotel which occupies the 37th to 70th floors. An observation deck is fed by high speed elevators, capable of speeds of 10.17 m/s (36.6 km/h, 22.7 mi/h).

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