Tuntex Sky Tower

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Tuntex Sky Tower
Kaohsiung Taiwan Kaohsiung-85-Building-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]
Structural engineer Evergreen Consulting Engineering[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; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Ko-hiông 85 Tōa-lâu), 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 increases 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 columns and foundation are made of steel since at 85th storey the 21MPa (3,000 psi) Ultimate compressive strength of concrete collapses.[citation needed]

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 first Kanji and Chinese character of the city's name (changed to Takao (Japanese: 高雄?) during Japanese rule). 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, 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.


Most of the building is unused as of 2016. Most businesses moved out during 2000-2010.


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 i "Tuntex Sky Tower - The Skyscraper Center". Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. 
  2. ^ Tuntex Sky Tower at Emporis

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Preceded by
Shin Kong Life Tower
Tallest building in Taiwan
1997 – 2004
Succeeded by
Taipei 101