Taipei 101 - The World Tallest

Taipei 101- The World's Tallest Tower - 509 m

Taipei 101 is currently the world's tallest completed building on earth with its 509 m height. It is located in the East of Taipei (Xin-Yi district), the capital city of Taiwan. The tower consists of 101 stories above the ground. The top floor is at 439 m. The construction of Taipei 101 (Taipei International Financial Center previously) was started in 1999, and finished in 2004. The total cost was about 1,7 billion US dollars. This tower has the worlds fastest elevators (doubledecker) they can get as fast as 63 km / h. The indoor observation deck is on the 89th floor (382m). The total weight of Taipei 101 is 700,000 tonnes, which is such a mass that could possibly make an earthquake. The structure is capable to withstand the largest earthquakes. The 800 ton damper on the top of the tower can reduce up to 40% of the movements. The Taipei 101 Mall is a 6-story shopping mall inside the building. The former tallest building was the Petronas Towers in Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur with 452 m height, it only held the record for 6 years (built in 1998). The upcoming world's tallest is going to be the Burj Dubai, which has already overtaken Taipei 101, but until its finished it is not official. Exact height is unknown, but Emaar, the constructor company said it is going to be over 800m. The current plans indicate Burj Dubai at 818m. Most probably it will be finished by 2009.

Taipei 101 at night

Current 10 tallest buildings in the world:

Building, City, Country
Floors
Height
Year
1. Taipei 101, Taipei, Taiwan
101
509 m
2004
2.
Petronas Tower, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
88
452 m
1998
3.
Sears Tower, Chicago, USA
110
442 m
1974
4.
Jin Mao Building, Shanghai, China
88
421 m
1999
5.
Two International Finance Centre, Hong Kong, China
88
415 m
2003
6.
Citic Plaza, Guangzhou, China
80
391 m
1996
7.
Shun Hing Square, Shenzhen, China
69
384 m
1996
8.
Empire State Building, New York, USA
102
381 m
1931
9.
Central Plaza, Hong Kong, China
78
374 m
1992
10.
Bank of China, Hong Kong, China
70
367 m
1989

Taipei 101 & Burj Dubai diagram

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