Taipei 101 has 101 stories aboveground and five underground, it has a height of 508m (1667ft) the roof was completed on July 1, 2003, the pinnacle was fitted on October 17, 2003, this allowed it to surpass the Petronas Towers by 50 meters (165 feet).
It held the title of the tallest building until the Burj Khalifa aka Burj Dubai was completed 4th January 2010.
Other planned developments including Shanghai World Financial Center, and the Freedom Tower in New York City are also likely to tower over Taipei 101.
Taipei 101 was previously called International Financial Tower but has now been more commonly known as 101 or the tower.
Interior of Taipei 101
In many aspects this building was the most technologically advanced skyscraper constructed at the time. The building features fiber-optic and satellite Internet connections allowing speeds up to 1 gigabit per second. Toshiba supplied at the time the world's two fastest doubledecker elevators which run at a top speed of 1,010 meters per minute (63 km/h or 37.5 mph) and are able to take visitors from the main floor to the observatory on the 89th floor in under 39 seconds!
A 660 metric tons (730 tons) tuned mass damper is held at the 88th floor, this stabilises the tower against earthquakes, typhoons, and wind. The damper can reduce the tower's movements up to 40%.
The entire tower was opened on December 31, 2004, amidst an extravagant New Year's celebration, complete with live performances and fireworks. President Chen Shui-bian, Taipei Mayor Ma Ying-jeou and Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng cut the ribbon.
The total buildable area is 450,000 mē comprising of:
214,000 mē of office space
77,500 mē of retail space 9
73,000 mē of parking space The tower includes a six-floor retail mall with shops, restaurants, and other attractions. The architecture of the retail mall includes both retro gothic-style pinnacles and modern industrial structures. The whole interior layout of Taipei 101 was designed by a feng shui master.
The exterior of the building is fraught with symbolism of financial success. The distinctive sections that create the impression of a bamboo stalk in the minds of many people are actually representative of gold ingots, used in ancient China as currency by royalty. There are 8 of them, each with 8 floors, with the number 8 sounding like "earn fortune" in the language. There are also 4 circles on each side of the building near the base, to represent coins.
Due to the building being now iconic and recognisiable world wide the tower has featured as part of the new year celebrations in the Taipei, with huge firework displays taken place from the tower itself and surrounding area.
Felix Baumgartner the crazy jumper, base jumper/space jumper, leapt from Tapipei 101 in 2007 they hired dancers to distract guards and tourists before jumping the 3m high security fence and jumping from the 91st floor. At the time it was the tallest completed building in the world with a full height of 509m