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Taipei 101 - Symbolism in Architecture by TonyCrehan
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Taken with Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH1 point & shoot on 9th October 2012.

Taipei 101, formerly known as the Taipei World Financial Center, is a landmark skyscraper located in Xinyi District, Taipei, Taiwan. The building ranked officially as the world’s tallest from 2004 until the opening of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai in 2010.

The Taipei 101 tower has 101 stories above ground and five underground.
Ground to highest architectural structure (spire): 508 metres (1,667 ft).
Ground to roof: 449.2 m (1,474 ft).
Ground to highest occupied floor: 438 m (1,437 ft).

The height of 101 floors commemorates the renewal of time: the new century that arrived as the tower was built (100+1) and all the new years that follow (January 1 = 1-01). It symbolizes high ideals by going one better on 100, a traditional number of perfection. The number also evokes the binary numeral system used in digital technology.

The main tower features a series of eight segments of eight floors each. In Chinese-speaking cultures the number eight is associated with abundance, prosperity and good fortune. In cultures that observe a seven-day week the number eight symbolizes a renewal of time (7+1). In cultures where seven is the lucky number, 8 represents 1 better than ‘lucky seven’. In digital technology the number eight is associated with the byte, being 8 bits. A bit is the basic (minimal) unit of information.

The repeated segments simultaneously recall the rhythms of an Asian pagoda (a tower linking earth and sky), a stalk of bamboo (an icon of learning and growth), and a stack of ancient Chinese ingots or money boxes (a symbol of abundance). The four discs mounted on each face of the building where the pedestal meets the tower represent coins. The emblem placed over entrances shows three gold coins of ancient design with central holes shaped to imply the Arabic numerals 1-0-1.

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  • Cynthia Broomfield
    Cynthia Broomf...almost 2 years ago

  • Thanks Cynthia.

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  • Pamela Jayne Smith
    Pamela Jayne S...almost 2 years ago


    Thank you for adding your work to the group – we look forward to seeing more!
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    18th October ’12

  • Thank you Pamela.

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  • Mary Sedici
    Mary Sedicialmost 2 years ago


    October 18th, 2012
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  • Thanks for the great honour of a feature for this work Mary.

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  • Keri Harrish
    Keri Harrishalmost 2 years ago

    Great work!

    Congratulations, wonderful image. Your feature can be viewed up large Here

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    Bevlea & Keri, October 2012

  • Thank you very much Bev and Keri…..always a thrill to have my work featured in the group.

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  • Maisie Sinclair
    Maisie Sinclairalmost 2 years ago

    Stunning

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