Tuntex Sky Tower
|Tuntex Sky Tower|
|Location||Lingya District, Kaohsiung, Taiwan|
|Cost||NT$ 5 billion|
|Architectural||347.5 m (1,140 ft)|
|Roof||347.5 m (1,140 ft)|
|Top floor||341.0 m (1,119 ft)|
|Observatory||341.0 m (1,119 ft)|
|Floor count||85 (+5 basement floors)|
|Floor area||306,337 m2 (3,297,384 sq ft)|
|Design and construction|
Tuntex Sky Tower, or the T & C Tower or 85 Sky Tower (the Tuntex & Chien-Tai Tower; Chinese: 高雄85大樓; pinyin: Gāoxióng 85 Dàlóu), is an 85-floor skyscraper located in Lingya District, Kaohsiung, Taiwan. The structure is 347.5 m (1,140 ft) high. An antenna pushes the building height to 378 m (1,240 ft). Constructed from 1994 to 1997, it is the tallest skyscraper in Kaohsiung, and was the tallest in Taiwan until the completion of Taipei 101.
The building was designed by C.Y. Lee & Partners and Hellmuth, Obata & Kassabaum, and has an unusual 'prong' design with two separate 39-floor sections, which merge into a single central tower rising to a spire. This unique design leaves a substantial space below the central part of the tower. The design was inspired by the Chinese character 高 (pinyin: gāo), meaning "tall"). This is the first character of the city's name 高雄, which was coined during the Japanese era. John W. Milton was Project Director on behalf of Turner International Inc (New York), a subsidiary of Turner Construction.
The building was owned by the now defunct Tuntex Group (Chien-Tai is a subsidiary), and is mainly offices, but includes residential space, a department store and the Splendor Kaohsiung hotel occupies the 37th to 70th floors. An observation deck on the 75th floor offers views over the Kaohsiung City, the Love River and the Kaohsiung Harbour, and is accessed by high speed elevators, capable of speeds of 10.17 m/s.
Lantern Festival at Tuntex Sky Tower.
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