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Saturday, October 09, 2004 News - Latest News - Taiwan Grabs World's Tallest Building Title News - Latest News - Taiwan Grabs World's Tallest Building Title

A global architectural group declared the Taipei 101 skyscraper in Taiwan’s capital the world’s tallest building today.

The 1,679 feet structure – which some liken to a giant bamboo shoot of glass and steel – received the title from the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, a Chicago-based non-profit organisation involved in the planning, design and construction of skyscrapers.

“There’s no dispute whether Taipei 101 is the tallest building in the world,” said Ron Klemencic, chairman of the council, as he formally certified the building’s record with a new plaque.

Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian said the new record “not only gives affirmation to Taiwan’s architectural industry, it’s also the pride and honour of Taiwan’s 23 million people.”

The 101 storey skyscraper is 184 feet taller than the previous record-holder, the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Taipei 101 also claims a hat trick for having the highest structural top, tallest roof and the highest occupied floor.

It also has two of the world’s fastest lifts, which travel 3,333 feet per minute and can go from the ground floor to the 89th floor in 39 seconds.

The building features office space, a shopping mall and an observatory.

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