Tuntex Sky Tower

Tuntex Sky Tower is an imposing skyscraper located in the Lingya District of Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Also known as the 85 Skytower or the T and C Tower, the Tuntex Sky Tower is quite a unique building in that it features a striking “prong’ design that makes it quite stand out among the  rest of the Kaohsiung skyline.  It is considered as the tallest building in the city and the second tallest in the whole of Taiwan.

Tuntex Sky Tower Profile

The Tuntex Sky Tower was constructed from 1994 until its completion in 1997. It is a mixed use tower that stands at a height of 386 meters or 1,240 feet tall, including its antenna or spire. It has a total of 85 floors, including 5 of which are underground. The tower was designed by C.Y. Lee and Partners and Hellmuth, Obata and Kassabaum. The whole tower was built at a cost of around NT$5 billion.

Tuntex Sky Tower Features

The Tuntex Sky Tower is uniquely designed in that it doesn’t go straight up as most skyscrapers go. It follows a unique “prong” design that makes it look like a building stacked up on two other buildings below it. There are two separate 39-floor sections that then merge into a single tower that stretches to a spire. The design gives the tower some substantial space in between the two lower building sections.

The design of the tower was inspired by the Chinese character “Kao”, which means “tall” and also happens to be the first character of the city’s name. The tower houses a department store, a hotel, residential as well as office spaces. The hotel, Splendor Kaohsiung occupies the 37th and 70th floors, making it the second highest hotel rooms in the world after the hotel in Shanghai’s Jin Mao Tower. The building also has an observation deck located on the 75th floor which can be accessed via one of the world’s fastest elevators that can go up at 10.17 meters per second.

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