Taipei 101: Taipei

The Taipei 101 tower in Taipei, Taiwan, was the world’s tallest building from 2004 until 2010 when it was beaten out by Dubai’s impressive Burj Khalifa. Regardless, Taipei 101 is still considered the tallest green building in the world for its innovative and energy-saving design. Even the 2015-2016 New Year’s Eve firework’s show was nature themed.

To some onlookers, Taipei 101 looks like a stack of Western-style Chinese food carryout boxes (traditional oyster pails), however, the tower is meant to represent a stalk of bamboo reaching into the sky to connect heaven and earth. Rich with symbolism and tradition, Taipei’s iconic landmark is a standing monument to ancient feng shui traditions and modern architecture. The neighborhood and sculptures in the park surrounding Taipei 101 are meant to support the tower’s feng shui and to prevent positive energy from escaping. The park is round to reinforce the idea that the tower is a giant sundial. From the shape of entrances to curving surfaces and colors, the landmark is designed to symbolize prosperity and good fortune.

The 101 floors represent adding one to the number 100, which is considered perfect and auspicious in Chinese culture. The eight sections of the tower are a nod to the auspicious number eight, which represents abundance and good fortune in Chinese culture. As four is considered an unlucky number in superstition, having a 44th floor was purposely avoided by creating a floor 42a to bump the 43rd floor into that position.

Photography by: Asiagreenbuildings

Article by: Tripsavvy


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