"Taipei 101" Taipei 101 Tip by aukahkay
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Taipei 101 is the first building in the world to break the half-kilometer mark in height. It was the first "world's tallest building" to be constructed in the new millennium. At 508m,
Taipei 101 is designed to withstand the typhoon winds and earthquake tremors common in its area of the Asia-Pacific. Planners aimed for a structure that could withstand gale winds of 60 meters per second. A 662 metric ton steel pendulum that serves as a tuned mass damper is suspended from the 92nd to the 88th 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 layered steel plates, each with a height of 125 mm being welded together to form a 5.5-meter diameter sphere. Another two tuned mass dampers, each weighing 4.5 tons, sit at the tip of the spire. These prevent cumulative damage to the structure due to strong wind loads.
Taipei 101's characteristic blue-green glass curtain walls are double glazed and offer heat and UV protection.
Taipei 101 features an Indoor Observatory (floor 89) and an Outdoor Observatory (floor 91). Both offer 360-degree views and attract visitors from around the world.
The Indoor Observatory stands 382 meters above ground and may be reached by high-speed elevators from the shopping mall fifth floor. It offers visitors a comfortable indoor environment, large windows with UV protection, recorded voice tours in seven languages, informative displays and special exhibits. Here one may view the skyscraper's main damper, and buy food, drinks and gift items. It costs NT350 to go up to the Indoor Observatory. For an additional charge of NT100, a staircase takes visitors up two more flights to the Outdoor Observatory.
Directions: Take the MRT to Taipei City Hall station. From there, there is a free shuttle bus every 15 - 20 minutes to Taipei 101. A future MRT station is being planned for the building.
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