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Taipei 101 - The World's Tallest

Taipei 101 - The world's tallest building is now in Taiwan. With a height of 508 meters--and 101 stories above ground and five stories below--the Taipei 101 building has surpassed the 462-meter Sears Tower in Chicago and the 451-meter Petronas Twin Tower in Malaysia to acquire the title "world's tallest building."

Designed by world-renowned architect C.Y. Lee, the exterior of the building resembles bamboo segments, with eight stories to each segment because the number "8" signifies prosperous growth. Each segment is shaped like a scepter, with ancient coins on the exterior of the 26th floor to give this modern building a Chinese style.

Taipei 101 also has the world's fastest elevators. These can transport passengers to the 89th-floor observatory in a mere 39 seconds. Each one of these 1000-meter-per-minute elevators cost more than NT$68 million

To prevent the building from swaying during typhoons or earthquakes, an 800-ton, US$4 million, ball-shaped damper is used to dissipate lateral vibration to a spring system underneath. For the first time in architectural history, the damping system is is not hidden, but part of the building's design. This world's largest damper ball has a diameter of 5.5 meters and is visible from the 88th and 89th floors.

Taipei 101 has 101 stories above ground and five under ground. It holds three out of the four official World's Tallest Building titles designated by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH). The four
 

Categories are:

  • Ground to pinnacle - (529 m = 1736ft)
  • Ground to structural top - (452 m = 1483ft)
  • Ground to roof - (431 m = 1430ft)
  • Taipei 101's measures, respectively, are 508 m = 1667 ft (pinnacle & structural top);
  • 448 m = 1470 ft (roof); and 438 m = 1437 ft (highest floor).

 

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