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Taipei 101 台北101 / 臺北10, formerly known as the Taipei World Financial Center, is a landmark skyscraper located in Xinyi District,Taipei, Republic of China (Taiwan). The building ranked officially as the world's tallest from 2004 until the opening of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai in 2010. In July 2011, the building was awarded LEED Platinum certification, the highest award in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system and became the tallest and largest green building in the world. Taipei 101 was designed by C.Y. Lee & partners and constructed primarily byKTRT Joint Venture. The tower has served as an icon of modern Taiwan ever since its opening, and received the 2004 Emporis Skyscraper Award.Fireworks launched from Taipei 101 feature prominently in international New Year's Eve broadcasts and the structure appears frequently in travel literature and international media.
Taipei 101 comprises 101 floors above ground and 5 floors underground. The building was architecturally created as a symbol of the evolution of technology and Asian tradition (see Symbolism). Its postmodernist approach to style incorporates traditional design elements and gives them modern treatments. The tower is designed to withstand typhoons and earthquakes. A multi-level shopping mall adjoining the tower houses hundreds of fashionable stores, restaurants and clubs.
Official Name Taipei 101
Country Taiwan Province, PRC
Building Function office
Structural Material composite
Start of Construction 1999
Global Ranking #2 tallest building in the world
#1 tallest building in Asia (excluding the Middle East)
#1 tallest building in Taiwan Province, PRC
#1 tallest building in Taipei
Photo By: *Yueh-Hua 2012