represents the concept of striving for beyond
Taipei 101, whose pinnacle reached full height on Oct.
9, 2003, is currently the official world's tallest
building in the categories of highest structurally,
highest roof, and highest occupied floor. The Sears
Tower in Chicago holds the fourth category of overall
The multi-use structure will house retail facilities on
Levels 1-4; a fitness center on Levels 5-6; offices on
Levels 7-84; restaurants on Levels 86-88; observation
decks on Levels 89, 91, and 101; and communication
facilities on Levels 92-100.
There is a station for the Taipei Mass Rapid Transit (MRT)
beneath the building awaiting the eventual construction
of the Hsinyi line.
On December 15, 2004, Toshiba installed the world's two
fastest elevators. With top speeds of 1010 m/min,
observation deck visitors can whiz from Level B1 to 89
in 39 seconds.
A 900-ton tuned mass damper is installed on the 87th
floor to counter earthquakes and typhoons. It will be
available for public viewing from the restaurant levels
and observation deck.
Fast Facts about Taipei 101
An 800-ton tuned
mass damping system will help stabilize the
tower. This system will be held in an exposed
spherical structure near the top of the
building, between the restaurant level and the
Each elevator is
designed with an aerodynamic body,
pressurization and emergency braking systems,
and the world's first triple-stage
anti-overshooting system. The cost for each
elevator is over $US 2 million.
The 89th floor will
be an indoor observation area, and an outdoor
observation deck will be located on the 91st
It is one of the
few super talls in the world in which the design
inspiration comes from traditional Chinese
The tower's design
and specifications are all based on the "8", a
lucky number in traditional Chinese culture.
This kind of "8-design" was also widely used in
the Jin Mao Tower in Shanghai.
rooftop topping-out ceremony was held on July
1st, 2003. The president of Taiwan and the mayor
of Taipei participated in the event. Taipei 101
now holds the title of the world's tallest
building measured to the roof, replacing the
observation deck will be the second highest in
the world, surpassed only by the Shanghai World
The Taiwan Stock
Exchange will rent 7 floors in the building.
The final section of
the spire was put in place October 9, 2003, thus
giving Taipei 101 the official world's tallest
It is the first
and the only super tall in the world that is
built at a highly active earthquake zone.
Taipei 101 exceeded
the structural height of Petronas Tower 1 and
Petronas Tower 2 in late August of 2003.
It is the first
world's tallest building in the 21st century.
The shopping mall,
Taipei 101 mall, officially opened in November
It is the first
and currently only building in the world that
breaks the half-kilometer mark in height.
construction elevators and elevator shaft were
fully disassembled in late February of 2004.
Most aspects of
the design, layout and planning are consulted by
a Feng Shui master.
Taipei 101 holds 3
of the World's Tallest Building titles: Tallest
to structural top, Tallest to roof and Highest
The building has
the world's fastest elevators, traveling upwards
at 1008 meters/minute (60.48 km/hour) and
downwards at 610 m/min. (36.6 km/hour). The top
speeds are 34 percent faster than the previous
fastest, Yokohama Landmark Tower.
This is one of the
few buildings in the world equipped with
Taipei's Mayor Ma
Ying-jeou fastened a golden bolt to signify the
official top-out of the tower at a ceremony held
on October 17, 2003.