Friday, September 13, 2013

Taiwan's Dynamic Landmark: Taipei 101

101 on a rainy day
Replica inside the lobby
The High Speed Elevator
The Awesome View!
I'm finally at the top, Yeah!!!! Taipei 101 looms large over Taipei City. 

You are looking at the most obvious and dynamic landmark of Taiwan's upscale Xinyi District, Taipei 101. Taipei 101 was the world's tallest building, until the opening of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai in 2010, it has 101 floors above ground and 5 below. But it still has the world's fastest elevator; it takes you to the top in just 30 seconds, the observation deck on the 89th floor.

But that's not all to Taipei 101, below or adjoining is a premier shopping mall with all the best name brand stores in the world; it's trendy, fashionable and as daring as one can get. There is ample opportunities for shopping, dining and night life in the sky! 

Taipei 101 was designed by C. Y. Lee and partners and constructed primarily by KTRT Joint Venture. It was designed to withstand typhoons and earthquake and the construction of the building was completed in 2004. 

The skyscraper tower has served as a symbol of modern Taiwan ever since its opening and in July of 2011 the building was awarded the LEED Platinum certification, the highest award in the rating system and is now the tallest and largest green building in the world.


All photos by Linda

History of building from wikipedia.org

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