Tuntex Sky Tower

Tuntex Sky Tower

Infobox Skyscraper
building_name= Tuntex Sky Tower

Official_website= [http://www.gfk.com.tw/index.html]
year_started built= 1994
year_finished= 1997
location= Lingya District, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
height_meters= 348
height_feet= 1,140
height_stories= 85
emporis_id= 122136
roof= convert|347.5|m|ft|0|abbr=on
top_floor= convert|341.0|m|ft|0|abbr=on
antenna_spire= convert|378.0|m|ft|0|abbr=on
floor Count= 85
Basement Floors= 5
architect= C.Y. Lee

Tuntex Sky Tower, or the T & C Tower or 85 SKYTOWER (the Tuntex & Chien-Tai Tower; zh-c|c=高雄85大樓), is an 85-floor skyscraper located in Lingya District, Kaohsiung, Taiwan. The structure is convert|347.5|m|ft|0|abbr=on high. An antenna pushes the building height to convert|378|m|ft|0|abbr=on. The building was constructed from 1994 to 1997. It is the tallest in Kaohsiung, and was the tallest in Taiwan until the completion of Taipei 101. It replaced the Shin Kong Life Tower (convert|244.2|m|ft|0|abbr=on) as the tallest building in Taiwan when it was completed in 1993.

The tower has an unusual 'prong' design with two separate 39-floor sections, these 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 Kao (or Gao 高), meaning "tall," and also the first character in the city's name.

The building is owned by the 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. The observation deck is fed by high speed elevator, capable of speeds of convert|10.17|m|ft|0|abbr=on per second (36.6 km/h, 22.7 mi/h).

The building was designed by C.Y. Lee & Partners and Hellmuth, Obata & Kassabaum. John W. Milton was Project Director on behalf of Turner International Inc (New York, N.Y.), a subsidiary of Turner Construction.


ee also

*Taipei 101
*List of tallest buildings in the world
*List of tallest buildings and structures in the world
*List of tallest freestanding structures in the world
*Chang-Gu World Trade Center
*Shin Kong Life Tower
*Kaohsiung City

External links

* [http://www.gfk.com.tw/index.html Tuntex Sky Tower Official Website ]
* [http://www.emporis.com/en/wm/bu/?id=122136 Emporis]
*Structurae|id=s0006953|title=Tuntex & Chien-Tai Tower

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