Taipei 101 may just only look like any typical skyscraper, however the amount of thought and advanced architectural that went into building this is amazing.
To start, Taiwan (where the building is located) is an earthquake zone and also has various typhoons commonly. As a result, Taipei 101 is designed to withstand the typhoon winds and earthquake tremors common in its area of the Asia-Pacific. Planners aimed for a structure that could withstand gale winds of 60 m/s (197 ft/s, 216 km/h or 134 mph) and the strongest earthquakes likely to occur in a 2,500 year cycle.
To counter these natural disasters, the architects decided to incorporate a tuned mass damper which is a HUGE mass which moves in the opposite direction of which the building is swaying. The 800-metric ton (1,764,000 lbs.), spherical steel mass is located on level 88 and is visible from the restaurant and observation decks.
As a result, this design prevents discomfort, damages, and structural failure.
SOME BASIC INFORMATION
- Architect – C.Y.Lee & Partners
- Structural Engineer – Shaw Shieh
- Structural Consult. – Thornton-Tomasetti Engineers, New York City
- Year Started – June 1998 (Mall already open)
- Total Height – 508m
- No. of Floors – 101
- Plan Area – 50m X 50m
- Cost – $ 700 million
- Building Use – Office Complex + Mall
- Parking – 83,000 m2, 1800 cars
- Retail – Taipei 101 Mall (77,033 m2)
- Offices – Taiwan Stock Exchange (198,347 m2)
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