Historic: Taipei 101

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Historic: Taipei 101 Gender: N/A
born on 31 December 2004 at 11:00 (= 11:00 AM )
Place Taipei, Taiwan, 25n03, 121e31
Timezone AWST h8e (is standard time)
Data source
Rectified from approx. time
Rodden Rating C
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_capcol.18.gif 09°46' s_mo.18.gif s_leocol.18.gif 28°43 Asc.s_piscol.18.gif 25°05'

Historic: Taipei 101 (2008)
photo: Alton Thompson, license gfdl


Taiwanese skyscraper, a 101-story tower in Xinyi District, Taipei. The building was officially classified as the world's tallest in 2004, and remained such until the completion of Burj Khalifa in Dubai in 2009. In 2011, the building was awarded the LEED platinum certification, the highest award according to the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system, and became the tallest and largest green building in the world.

Construction started in 1999 and finished in 2004. The tower has served as an icon of modern Taiwan ever since its opening. The building was architecturally created as a symbol of the evolution of technology and Asian tradition. Its postmodernist approach to style incorporates traditional design elements and gives them modern treatments. The tower is designed to withstand typhoons and earthquakes. A multi-level shopping mall adjoining the tower houses hundreds of stores, restaurants and clubs. Fireworks launched from Taipei 101 feature prominently in international New Year's Eve broadcasts and the structure appears frequently in travel literature and international media.

Taipei 101 is primarily owned by pan-government share holders. The name originally planned for the building, Taipei World Financial Center, until 2003, was derived from the name of the owner. The original name in Chinese was literally Taipei International Financial Center.

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Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes news report: "As the Min Hwa Yuan opera troupe performed in the background, a host of prominent guests -- including President Chen Shui-bian, Taipei Mayor Ma Ying-jeou and Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng -- cut a ribbon" ("Taiwan Marks Opening of Tallest Skyscraper," Associated Press Newswires, 31 December 2004, 03:06 GMT and "Taiwan celebrates the official opening of the world's tallest skyscraper" at 03:29 GMT). A similar news bulletin ("Taiwan Celebrates Opening Of World's Tallest Skyscraper") was released by Dow Jones International News on 31 December 2004, 03:37 GMT. As Taiwan is 8 hours ahead of GMT the ribbon was presumably cut around 11 AM local time as these news reports were released from 11:06am to 11:37am local time.


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