Tuntex Sky Tower, or the T & C Tower or 85 SKYTOWER (the Tuntex & Chien-Tai Tower; Chinese: 高雄85大樓), is an 85-floor skyscraperlocated in Lingya District, Kaohsiung, Taiwan. The structure is 347.5 m (1,140 ft) high. An antenna pushes the building height to 378 m (1,240 ft). Constructed from 1994 to 1997, it is the tallest skyscraper in Kaohsiung, and was the tallest in Taiwan until the completion of Taipei 101.
The building was designed by C.Y. Lee & Partners and Hellmuth, Obata & Kassabaum, and has an unusual 'prong' design with two separate 39-floor sections, which merge into a single central tower rising to a spire. This unique design leaves a substantial space below the central part of the tower. The design was inspired by the Chinese character Kao (or Gao 高), meaning "tall," and also the first character in the city's name. John W. Milton was Project Director on behalf of Turner International Inc (New York), a subsidiary of Turner Construction.
The building is owned by the Tuntex Group (Chien-Tai is a subsidiary) and is mainly offices, but includes residential space, a department store and the Splendor Kaohsiung hotel occupies the 37th to 70th floors. An observation deck on the 75th floor offers views over the Kaohsiung City, the Love River and the Kaohsiung Harbour, and is accessed by high speed elevators, capable of speeds of 10.17 m/s.
Official Name Tuntex Sky Tower Former / Other Name T & C Tower Type building Status Completed Country Taiwan Province, PRC City Kaohsiung Building Function hotel / office Structural Material composite Start of Construction 1994 Completion 1997
#29 tallest in the World
#16 tallest in Asia (excluding the Middle East)
#2 tallest in Taiwan Province, PRC
Height: Architectural 347.5 meter / 1140 feet Height: Occupied 341.0 meter / 1119 feet Height: To Tip 378.0 meter / 1240 feet Height: Observatory 341.0 meter / 1119 feet Floors Above Ground 85 Floors Below Ground 5 # of Elevators 54 Top Elevator Speed 10 m/s Tower GFA 306,337 m² / 3,297,384 ft²