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Taipei 101

Taipei 101 is the world’s 9th tallest building and an absolute joy to visit. I cannot decide what I love more, the view of the city below or the massive wind damper at its heart. The elevator to the top is so fast that I felt queasy riding it.

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A view of the city from the top of Taipei 101.

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A second view from the top of Taipei 101.

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And a third view from the top.

 

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In the upper levels of the tower there is an enormous wind damper in the form of a pendulum which can move more than a meter sideways to reduce oscillations of the building.

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The 660 ton heavy weight of the pendulum hangs on steel cables like these.

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The motion of the pendulum is damped by enormous hydraulic cylinders fixed at the base of the weight.

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Love.

 

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