Tuntex Sky Tower
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Tuntex Sky Tower, or the T & C Tower or 85 Sky Tower (the Tuntex & Chien-Tai Tower; Chinese: 高雄85大樓; pinyin: Gāoxióng 85 Dàlóu), is an 82-story (marketed as 85-story) skyscraper located in Lingya District, Kaohsiung, Taiwan. The structure is 347.5 m (1,140 ft) high. An antenna pushes the building height to 378 m (1,240 ft). Constructed from 1994 to 1997, it is the tallest skyscraper in Kaohsiung, and was the tallest in Taiwan until the completion of Taipei 101.
There is no 44th floor in the building (see Tetraphobia); the 43rd floor connects directly to the 45th floor. The pyramid shaped crown is the equivalent of 3 stories high and hence marketed as 83-85 to arrive at a round number. There is no elevator access to floors above 79.
The building was designed by C.Y. Lee & Partners and Hellmuth, Obata & Kassabaum, and has an unusual 'prong' design with two separate 39-floor sections, which merge into a single central tower rising to a spire. This unique design leaves a substantial space below the central part of the tower. The design was inspired by the Chinese character 高 (pinyin: gāo), meaning "tall"). This is the first character of the city's name 高雄, which was coined during the Japanese era. John W. Milton was Project Director on behalf of Turner International Inc (New York), a subsidiary of Turner Construction.
The building was owned by the now defunct Tuntex Group (Chien-Tai is a subsidiary), and is mainly offices, but includes residential space, a department store and the Splendor Kaohsiung hotel occupies the 38th to 70th floors. An observation deck on the 74th floor offers views over the Kaohsiung City, the Love River and the Kaohsiung Harbour, and is accessed by high speed elevators, capable of speeds of 10.17 m/s.
Over half of the building is unoccupied as of 2015. Many tenants in the 1990s and 2000s have moved out, gone bankrupt, or otherwise terminated their operations.
There is an Atrium that extends from Level 45's Shimmer Ballroom (as of 2015 the entire floor is dark and unoccupied) to 83, one of the highest continuous atrium in the world.