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TAIPEI 101: postcards from one of the tallest skyscrapers in the world

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By Pablo Pla
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It is the architectural symbol of a modern and absolutely fascinating as it is Taipei, Taiwan's capital city. It has the world's fastest elevator with a speed of 16.83 meters / second

Far in time have been those postcards Chinatowns with that peculiar and traditional culture of 5000 years architecture.

The old quarters and some new buildings in the style of those times, as the Theatre and National Concert Hall next to the memorial to Chiang Kai-shek, contrast with modern towers of the highest in the world, like the Taipei 101 or the Sky Tower Hotel Kaohsiung.

The Taipei 101 was once the tallest building on the planet. With its 509 meters high, is the architectural symbol of a modern and absolutely fascinating as it is Taipei, Taiwan's capital city.

She can be seen from almost every important point of the city. Imposing and unmistakable, by its silhouette so particular. Image sure many remember having seen via satellite in the festivities and fireworks in each new year.

It is in the center of the commercial district of Xinyi, surrounded by the World Exhibition Centre, the International Congress Center, five star hotels, department stores.

Obviously, a couple of hours devoted to the meet.

The first floors correspond to a local shop with leading international brands. There are offices of several banks, bookstore Page One, several restaurants of Asian and Western meals as well as small cafes.

After removing the entry that has a value of NT $ 500, about $ 17, is already able to climb to the lookout on the 89th floor and terrace. When the elevator doors opened begins the experience. In a few seconds and a few butterflies fluttering in the stomach, the high-speed elevator reaches the top of the building of 101 homes. A large neon sign will show floor to floor this trip to Taipei clouds.

A curiosity: the world's fastest elevator. Has a speed of 16.83 meters / second.

Taipei 101 was the tallest building in the world until 2010 and it is clear to see from all four sides.

The structure reveals certain traditional Chinese characteristics, such as its design as bamboo and structures in groups of eight floors. It is a harmonious blend of traditional Chinese architecture with typical elements of Taiwan.

The friendly Damper Baby:

All photos are taken with the mascots of Taipei 101, the Damper Baby. Are actually representing the element in ensuring the safety of skyscrapers against a possible earthquake.

It consists of a pendulum striking structure crowned by a golden ball of 680 tons of steel, dwelling on floors 87 and 92, still in the eye of the visitor during most of the time.

According to their technical can withstand earthquakes of up to 7 degrees on the Richter scale and winds of over 450 km / h. The absorption capacity important mass movement in this structure resides in a mass damper that giant formed by golden ball made of steel sheet metal which is suspended on ropes from the upper part with its base and subject to hydraulic pumps. When the building is moved in one direction makes the damper in the opposite direction serving to absorb the energy of mechanical vibrations counterweight limiting them and stabilizing the building movement. It is the only buffer that is in view of the general public.

Also super 8 columns hold it by the base; constructed in reinforced concrete and steel.

Want to see it in action? These images corresponding to May 2008 the show running (SEE ATTACHED VIDEO)

Sky Tower Hotel Kaohsiung

Experience in the Sky Tower was higher within a few hours to visit the Taipei 101.

Arriving at the front desk to check in they asked me if I had any problems with height. The hotel is the second highest building in Taiwan with 347.5 meters. With a smile answered no, my apartment in Buenos Aires is located in a 19th floor but the view from the room I had in the 58 floor, had no point of comparison.