Like many things in history, things change from the first car, electricity, computers to even the buildings that we live in to the towering skyscrapers that now rise above everything else in the cities that we live, work and play in.
Skyscrapers never existed until the 19th century as anything built over six stories were built by the wealthy for defense and status, but that all changed with the invention of an elevator and the materials used to construct buildings. From the 1930’s skyscrapers began to appear throughout the world.
Buildings in New York battled for the tallest buildings in the world filling the skyline.Towering above every other building was the Empire State Building, built in 1931 which held the title as the world’s tallest building for 42 years before being overtaken by the former World Trade Center and then Willis Towers in Chicago. In recent years Petronas Towers, Taipei 101 have held the tallest building in the world title. Now this title belongs to Burj Khalifa in Dubai.
We have been to the top of the majority of these buildings so when we were in Taipei,we had to take in the night scene of the city lights from the top of what was the former tallest building in the world, Taipei 101
On the night that we went to the observation deck there was a huge queue with a waiting time of nearly two hours we were only in Taipei for a few days so we thought it would be better to buy the fast pass that allowed us to avoid the queues and take the elevator to the top without waiting, unlike the Petronas Towers in Malaysia you can spend as long as you want on the observation deck.
The elevator transports you from the fifth floor to the 89th floor where the observation deck is in only 37 seconds. It ascends at a speed of 1010 m per minute. It was by far the fastest elevator that I have ever been in exceeding the speed of the elevator in the Petronas Towers.
The city lights twinkled in the distance while they lit up the night sky. Some areas were in darkness where the forests, hills and parks were. Taipei is a very green area. The observation deck gives you a chance to witness the city’s 360 degree panoramic view.
Night view from the observation deck
Taipei 101 stands 508 metres high and was opened to the public on December 31st 2004. The height of the floors commemorates the renewal of time: the new century that arrived as the tower was built (100+1) and all the new years that follow (1 January =1-01).
The building is designed to withstand earthquakes and the strong winds caused by typhoons from the observation deck you can see the 660 metric ton mass damper that looks like a huge yellow ball that helps stabilize the tower. This added feature gave us a rare look at how skyscrapers can stay upright in extreme conditions.
From the ground you can see the architectural design of the tower of the eight segments of eight floors that look like square boxes, the number eight features prominently in Chinese which is associated with abundance, prosperity and good fortune. With the many tenants that fill the tower you are left to think that Taipei is prospering just like Taipei 101.
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