Taiwan: Taipei 101
In Taipei's recently redeveloped Xin Yi commercial district stands the Taipei 101 office complex, currently the tallest building in the world. In the event of emergency, the building's everyday public address system is instantly switched over to an emergency evacuation system to issue essential evacuation instructions to help ensure the safety of those inside
Construction on the 101-story tower 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.
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