My Minecraft build of Taipei 101, built by me with no editors used.
Scale is 1:3 of the real building because of the 256 block height limit.
As I progressed to the top, I ran out of space to build the spire properly, I had to redesign the base twice before building skyward.
Tower is built mainly of stained glass, quartz & iron blocks.
Taipei 101 is a landmark skyscraper standing in the Taiwanese capital of Taipei. This magnificent structure is a prime example of traditional Asian design & symbolism, infused with the modern age with advanced construction methods. The tower is currently the third tallest in the world, & the tallest building in Eastern Asia. The tower stands at a height of 509 meters, has a floor count of 101 including five basement floors.
Construction of Taipei 101 started in 1999 after a year of planning, the design demanding that the tower be of Asian architectural aesthetic. Structurally, the tower resembles a pagoda, a multi-tiered tower common to China & Japan, used to contain relics of the Buddha. In addition, it had to be able to cope with strong winds & earthquakes which frequently take place in the south-east Asian region.
The tower features many restaurants & food courts, offices, observatories, an art gallery, a shopping center, & super-fast internet connectivity. It's lifts are the fastest in the world, able to ascend at a speed of 60 kph. Also, it's tuned mass damper is the world's largest, being 18 feet in diameter supplimented by two smaller ones, help to minimise swaying in high winds.
Taipei 101 has also been designed to be energy efficient & with a low carbon footprint compared to other skyscrapers. This makes it one of the most sustainable buildings in the world due in large part to it's design & advanced technology.
After five years of work, the tower was completed in 2004, it offically opened on New Year's Eve that year with a spectacular fireworks display, & every year it still plays host to such displays of celebration.
Taipei 101 is an unmistakable symbol of a confident nation, one that embraces tradition & modernisation, & is a marvel of modern architecture.