Thursday, March 28, 2013

Taipei 101

Taipei 101 (Chinese: 台北101 / 臺北101), formerly known as the Taipei World Financial Center, is a landmark skyscraper located in Xinyi District, Taipei, Taiwan.

The building ranked officially as the world's tallest from 2004 until the opening of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai in 2010.

That's  how Taipei 101 looks on New Year celebration.

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.

view from Taipei 101

The tower is designed to withstand typhoons and earthquakes.
The stability of the design became evident during construction when, on March 31, 2002, a 6.8-magnitude earthquake rocked Taipei. The tremor was strong enough to topple two construction cranes from the 56th floor, then the highest. Five people died in the accident, but an inspection showed no structural damage to the building, and construction soon resumed.

You go through this coral museum/store on your way out from Taipei 101. Those carving are amazing.

Thornton-Tomasetti Engineers along with Evergreen Consulting Engineering designed a 660 tonnes (728 short tons)[13] steel pendulum that serves as a tuned mass damper, at a cost of NT$132 million (US$4 million).[14] Suspended from the 92nd to the 87th floor, the pendulum sways to offset movements in the building caused by strong gusts. Its sphere, the largest damper sphere in the world, consists of 41 circular steel plates, each with a height of 125 mm (4.92 in) being welded together to form a 5.5 m (18 ft) diameter sphere.[15] Another two tuned mass dampers, each weighing 6 tonnes (7 short tons),[14] sit at the tip of the spire. These prevent damage to the structure due to strong wind loads.

The yellow sphere is the damper. The only open to the public damper, as they claim.

Bye, 101, we'll be back to look at you from the Elephant Mountain nearby. Our plan to hike there soon.

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