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101 – The world's tallest building is
Translated by Yvonne Chen
world's tallest building is now in Taiwan. With a
height of 508 meters--and 101 stories above ground
and five stories below--the Taipei 101 building has
surpassed the 462-meter Sears Tower in Chicago and
the 451-meter Petronas Twin Tower in Malaysia to acquire
the title "world's tallest building."
by world-renowned architect C.Y. Lee, the exterior
of the building resembles bamboo segments, with eight
stories to each segment because the number "8"
signifies prosperous growth. Each segment is shaped
like a scepter, with ancient coins on the exterior
of the 26th floor to give this modern building a Chinese
101 also has the world's fastest elevators. These
can transport passengers to the 89th-floor observatory
in a mere 39 seconds. Each one of these 1000-meter-per-minute
elevators cost more than NT$68 million.
prevent the building from swaying during typhoons
or earthquakes, an 800-ton, US$4 million, ball-shaped
damper is used to dissipate lateral vibration to a
spring system underneath. For the first time in architectural
history, the damping system is is not hidden, but
part of the building's design. This world's largest
damper ball has a diameter of 5.5 meters and is visible
from the 88th and 89th floors.
gigantic building in the XinYi District is a miniature
city with securities, financial, and business headquarters,
plus entertainment and shopping. B2 through B5 are
parking areas. B1 to the fifth floor makes up the
shopping mall. Floors 6 to 84 are offices. The 85th
floor is the executive business club. Scenic restaurants
are on floors 86 to 89. The observation deck on floors
89 to 91 will be finished next April and opened in
the spotlight is the Taipei 101 Shopping Mall
scheduled to open on November 14. B1 is the food
court. The first floor features mass market fashions.
SOGO will occupy the second floor. The third floor
will house world-class boutiques. The Grand Formosa
Regent and Gloria Prince Hotel will take over
the fourth-floor restaurant area. The fifth floor
will house JiaChi Health Club and Banquet Hall.
101 offers an alternative to traditional cramped shopping
environments by elevating the ceilings of each floor.
The fourth floor measures 40 meters to the skirt dome,
and offers an incredible visual and dining experience.
800-ping SOGO Department Store on the second floor
is designed for women aged 25 to 35, and will focus
on cosmetics, lingerie, and clothing, creating a new
concept--SOGO Beauty Plaza. Shopping will no longer
be hectic, but easy and elegant in comfortable and
21 cosmetics brands from five major cosmetic companies--SKI-II,
Shu Uemura, Lancôme, Estee Lauder, and Shiseido--will
each occupy a space one-and-a-half larger than
that of SOGO. Shih Shui Ya has 70-ping of space
offering a Mediterranean atmosphere of quick beauty,
hair, and body care to working women; it also
offers music therapy in oxygenated rooms, and
the latest Japanese oxygen therapy which customers
can enjoy while seated in first-class airplane
third floor Galleria Couture, which opens next March,
will offer high-end customers a relaxing space free
from interruptions. Stores include LV, Celine, and
Loewe, Chanel, Gucci, Prada, Escada, Ceuuuti, Issey
Miyake and Yohji Yamamoto with LV the flagship store.
Issey Miyake will also open a complete flagship store
in Taiwan here next April. Along with Just Gold, Bao-Pu,
and other jewelers, World-Class Boutiques will dazzle.
union of many exclusives
companies plan to open their largest Taiwan store
here, and provide customers with the most complete
selection of products and services. For example, the
Ralph Lauren image store on the second floor is the
first in the nation to have purple, black, and blue
labeled collections for both women and men. Brooks
Brothers and Kenneth Cole will also set up shops here.
The soon-to-open large Esprit store was designed by
its German mother company, and will feature design
concepts unseen in Asia. Mango, Benetton, and Sisley
will open 90-ping, 70-ping, and 50-ping stores, respectively.
will open a large third-generation value-added
service store (VAS). In this new concept store
on B1, beauticians will be available for consultations.
to Watson's will be Jason's Supermarket, an
upscale supermarket from Dairy Farm, the parent
company of Wellcom Supermarket. Dairy Farm has
opened upscale supermarkets in a number of large
shopping centers; Jason's in Taipei 101 is the
first in Taiwan.
101 Shopping Center combines fashion, food, and literature.
McDonald's and Kentucky Fried Chicken will both be
available at the B1 food court; each restaurant covers
35 pings. Also, the Singaporean bookstore, Page One,
will open its first store in Taiwan here.
Formosa Regent Taipei will open two restaurants on
the fourth floor. One will have modern creative Taiwanese
cuisine using Japanese and French cooking methods;
the other restaurant is the Grand Formosa Restaurant.
Both restaurants will open in December. Also, the
Chung-Shuan Restaurant from SOGO's DunHua branch will
open a branch restaurant on the fifth floor on November
"Taipei 101 OxySPA" will occupy 17,000
pings on the fifth and sixth floors. Its facilities
will include an innovative rotating DJ stage,
an aerospace fitness bay, plus 20 fitness courses
including boxing, free combat, fencing, sword-fight,
chi kung, and yoga. The health club is the first
in Taiwan to prohibit the use of cell phones,
in order to provide an environment free from interruption
and intrusive cell-phone photography.
Taipei to the world
101 will soon become a new world landmark. Taipei
City Government plans to feature the building in its
2004 New Year's Eve Celebrations; dazzling lights
will count down the 10-bamboo segmented building,
segment by segment, as the year ends and a new year
begins. The building will, as Mayor Ma Ying-jeou says,
"Bring Taipei to the world!"