Tuntex Sky Tower

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Tuntex Sky Tower
Kaohsiung 85 Sky Tower 01.jpg
General information
Status Complete
Type Mixed Use
Location Lingya District, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Coordinates 22°36′42″N 120°18′00″E / 22.61167°N 120.30000°E / 22.61167; 120.30000Coordinates: 22°36′42″N 120°18′00″E / 22.61167°N 120.30000°E / 22.61167; 120.30000
Construction started 1994
Completed 1997
Cost NT$ 5 billion
Architectural 347.5 m (1,140 ft)[1]
Roof 347.5 m (1,140 ft)
Top floor 341.0 m (1,119 ft)[1]
Observatory 341.0 m (1,119 ft)[1]
Technical details
Floor count 82 (+5 basement floors)[1]
Floor area 306,337 m2 (3,297,384 sq ft)[1]
Lifts/elevators 54[1]
Design and construction
Architect C.Y. Lee[1]

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 82-story (marketed as 85-story) 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.

There is no 44th floor in the building (see Tetraphobia); the 43rd floor connects directly to the 45th floor. The pyramid shaped crown is the equivalent of 3 stories high and hence marketed as 83-85 to arrive at a round number. There is no elevator access to floors above 79.

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 (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 38th to 70th floors. An observation deck on the 74th 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.


Over half of the building is unoccupied as of 2015. Many tenants in the 1990s and 2000s have moved out, gone bankrupt, or otherwise terminated their operations.

Floor Directory[edit]

  • 83 Pyramid crown (3 stories high), not open to public
  • 80-82 Some radio stations have registered mailing addresses on these floors, but no evidence exist they actually operate there
  • No elevator access to floors 80 and above
  • 77-79 VIP Club (restaurants, banquet facilities). Open to anyone who pays 30000 NTD/year membership fee.
  • 76 Sexy Disco Bar - Shut down / closed as of 2015
  • 75 Steakhouse - Shut down / closed as of 2015
  • 74 Indoor observatory (270 degrees, one side is partially blocked off)
  • 71-73 Empty
  • 46-70 Hotel guest rooms
  • 38-43,45 Ballrooms and hotel facilities (there is no floor 44)
  • 13-35 Offices - Shut down / closed as of 2015
  • 12 Nikko Plaza
  • 8-11 Magical Carnival Indoor Amusement Park - Shut down / closed as of 2015
  • 2-7 Chien Tai Dept Store - Shut down / closed as of 2015
  • 1 Jewelry store
  • B1-B2 Food Court - Shut down / closed as of 2015
  • B3-B5 Parking Lot


There is an Atrium that extends from Level 45's Shimmer Ballroom (as of 2015 the entire floor is dark and unoccupied) to 83, one of the highest continuous atrium in the world.


The building is accessible within 5 blocks walking distance west of Sanduo Shopping District Station of the Kaohsiung MRT.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Tuntex Sky Tower - The Skyscraper Center". Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. 
  2. ^ Tuntex Sky Tower at Emporis

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Shin Kong Life Tower
Tallest building in Taiwan
1997 – 2004
Succeeded by
Taipei 101
  1. ^ "Glossary of Names for Admin Divisions" (PDF). placesearch.moi.gov.tw. Ministry of Interior of the ROC. Retrieved 12 June 2015.