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Taipei 101

General information:

Location: 8 Sung-Chih Road, Hsin-Yi District, Taipei, Taiwan.

Building features:


-         Floor Count 101

-         Basement Floors 5

-         Floor Area 412,500 m² (4.44 x 106 ft2)


-         Spire 508.0 m (1666 ft) (183 ft taller than the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur)

-         Roof 448.0 m (1.47 x 103 ft)

-         Top floor 438.0 m (1.437 x 103 ft)


-         705,130 matrix ton (7.773 x 105 ton)


-         Retail facilities on Levels 1-4;

-         Fitness center on Levels 5-6;

-         Offices on Levels 7-84; restaurants on Levels 86-88;

-         Observation decks on Levels 89, 91, and 101

-         Communication facilities on Levels 92-100.

Architectural Design:


The building represents oriental revivalism. The appearance of the building exterior represents a series of the number “8,” stacks up through the height.  The number “8” is a symbols prosperity and luck in China.  The glass cladding of the building projects outward which make the building similar to a bamboo tree. Four ancient coins affixed to the exterior of the 26th floor to represent prosperity from advice of a famous Feng Shui master.

Mechanical system

-         Elevator Count: 61

-         Two fastest elevators top speeds at 1010 m/min (37.7 mph), which can whiz from Level B1 to 89 in 39 seconds


-         There is a station for the Taipei Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) beneath the building


-         Architect: C.Y. Lee & Partners

-         Owners: Taipei Financial Center Corporation

-         Construction:  KTRT Joint Venture


Construction Dates:

-         Ground breaking: January 13th1998,

-         Roof-level top-out: July 1st, 2003

-         Opened to the public on December 31, 2004

Construction problems:

On March 31st, 2002, five construction workers were killed when a 6.8 earthquake caused two cranes to fall from the 56th floor. Construction was halted and resumed after an inspection. Several fires in the podium occurred during construction as well.

Design change:

-         Originally Taipei 101 was going to be a 66-floor office tower,

-         Planners later decided to raise the tower’s height from 66 floors to 101 floors.


-         Structural system: core plus outrigger with a 900-ton tuned mass damper is installed on the 87th floor to counter wind.

-         Structural material: composite structure

-         Facade material: glass

-         Facade system: curtain wall

-         Facade color: green

- The building underwent numerous redesigns due to aviation restrictions imposed by the nearby Taipei Municipal (Sung Shan) Airport before a special variance was granted and the building was constructed to the full original intended height.


The tower stands about 650 feet from a major fault line.