THE FIRST BUILDING IN THE WORLD TO BREAK THROUGH 500 METERS.
Upon its completion in 2004, Taipei 101 claimed several records: it had the world’s fastest elevator, was the world’s tallest building and was the world’s tallest structure, thanks to its spire. In 2017, it is still the tallest and largest green building in the world for its innovative and energy-saving design. Rich with symbolism and tradition, Taipei’s iconic landmark is a standing monument to ancient feng shui traditions and modern architecture.
From the shape of entrances to curving surfaces and colors, the building is designed to symbolize prosperity and good fortune. Even the neighborhood and sculptures in the park surrounding it are meant to support the landmark’s feng shui and to retain positive energy. The park is round to reinforce the idea that the tower is a giant sundial. The shape of the tower represents a stalk of bamboo reaching into the sky to connect heaven and earth.