Taipei_101 - Ethan Chen CM350 Nov 1 2011 Taipei 101 On New...

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Ethan Chen CM350 Nov. 1, 2011 Taipei 101 On New Year’s Eve, as you drive on Sung-Chih Road in Xin-Yi, Taipei, an enormous skyscraper suddenly appears right in front of you. You are astonished by the magnificence of the building. The building is extremely tall, reaching to the sky like a gigantic pillar that supports the heavens from falling down to the earth. Unexpectedly, thousands of fireworks burst out from the pinnacle of the building. The fireworks gradually extend to the bottom until the whole structure is embraced by a beautiful light robe. The whole Taipei City is now celebrating the coming of the New Year. The Taipei 101 tower is unquestionably one of the most meaningful symbols of people’s hopes and wishes for the coming future. Taipei 101, the Taipei World Financial Center, was designed by a Taiwanese architecture firm named C. Y Lee. Originally, Taipei 101 was only designed to be a regular 66-floor office building. However, after the project was started in 1999, the architect was inspired and suggested the owner raise the height and make it the tallest building in the world. The final decision was made and the blueprint of the 101-floor tower was eventually finalized. Due to the changes of the design, the whole project was delayed and was not completed until 2004. The skyscraper is enormous and the total cost of the construction was approximately 1.7 billion US dollars. The building was the first to break the half-kilometer mark during that time. Taipei 101 was known as the world’s tallest building in 2004 before the Burj Khalifa tower was built in Dubai. The total weight of the tower is 700,000 tons. The foundation of the structure extends underground for 80 meters (262ft), and the height from the ground level to the structural top is 509 meters (1,671ft). The floor area is 357,721 square meters. The conception behind the design
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of Taipei 101 is to emulate the shape of bamboo. In Chinese culture, the bamboo plant is a
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This note was uploaded on 12/15/2011 for the course CM 305 taught by Professor Harmon during the Fall '11 term at BYU.

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