Taipei 101 was yesterday crowned the world's tallest building by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat -- the official international record-keeper of building statistics.
\n"At 508m, Taipei 101 clearly surpasses the Petronas [Towers in Kuala Lumpur] by 56m and the Sears [Tower in Chicago] by 66m," council chairman Ron Klemencic said at a ceremony in Taipei yesterday.
\nThe council, which was founded in 1968, voted unanimously in favor of naming Taipei 101 the world's tallest building at a meeting held in Chicago in April, Klemencic said.
\nIn addition to being the world's tallest building, Taipei 101 also holds the record for the highest occupied floor (at 438m) and the highest roof (448m) -- taking three of the council's four official height categories, Klemencic said.
\nThe Sears Tower remains the holder of the council's fourth category -- the highest mast or antenna on a building (527m).
\nAccording to Klemencic, the World Trade Center Twin Towers in New York were the first to receive the title, followed by the Sears Tower in Chicago and the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur.
\nKlemencic said Taipei 101 stands as a monument marking Taiwan as an important player in the world economy.
\nTaipei Mayor Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) said that he felt pride at the building's completion and encouraged Taipei 101 to compete with the Sears Tower and strive for the council's fourth height category.
\nMa added that Taipei 101, to be completed by the end of the year, is expected to house 40,000 office workers, a figure that he likened to the size of a local township. He said that the building poses a big administrative challenge to the city government in areas such as transport and security.
\nReceiving the world title, Taipei 101 chairwoman Diana Chen (
PHOTO: SEAN CHAO, TAIPEI TIMES
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