Taipei 101 in Taiwan, formerly known as the Taipei World Financial Center, contains two elevators that hold the Guinness record for the world’s fastest elevator. They can travel at a speed of 37.6 miles per hour, transporting visitors from the 5th to the 89th floor in only 37 seconds.
The building’s spokesman said they are also the world’s steadiest elevators, saying that a coin can stand on its edge for the entire length of the trip. The elevators have tuned mass dampers, which reduce the effects of mechanical vibrations. They also have an atmospheric pressure regulatory system to prevent riders’ ears from “popping.”
The elevator braking system is constructed with the same materials as the outer layer of the space shuttle in order to withstand the extreme temperatures generated when stopping from such a high speed.
Taipei 101 includes 101 floors above ground and five floors underground. It was the world’s tallest building from the time of its construction in 2004 until the Burj Khalifa in Dubai was completed in 2010. A multi-level shopping mall with hundreds of stores, restaurants, and clubs adjoins the tower. It was designed to symbolize the evolution of technology and incorporates many traditional Asian elements in its design.
The Taipei 101 tower measures 1,667 feet from the ground to its spires. It also includes a countdown clock, which is displayed on New Year’s Eve, and a sundial. Taipei 101 was the first building to stand over a kilometer high. It was designed to be able to withstand strong typhoon winds and earthquakes.
In 2011, Taipei 101 earned the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Platinum certification, which is the highest award in the environmental rating scale. It is the tallest and largest green building in the world.