Saturday, 16 December 2006

Skyscrapers-Taipei 101

Located in Taipei, Taiwan, the 509 metre-high Taipei 101 can boast being the World's Tallest Building. Taipei 101 was completed in 2004 and overtook the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur. The tower has 101 storeys (no coincedence) and 412,500 metres of floor space. It is higher than the hills surrounding it.

Taipei 101 is a very high-tech structure. It is built in an active earthquake zone, and therefore is prone to shaking. To minimize the shaking, the designer built in a huge golden pendulum at the top of the building. The tower had the hard facts set upon it under-construction in 2002 when two cranes went crashing down onto Taipei streets, due to an earthquake.


Luke said...

Hmm, hopefully you meant 'in an earthquake ZONE' rather than 'during an earthquake' ... :-)

Callum said...

Oops, you're right there... well, most earthquakes don't last about 4 years (don't know how long it took to build).