Lonely Giant of the Taipei Skyline Is About to Get Some Company
New York Times
11 July 2017
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The Taipei 101 building, which was for five years the world’s tallest, has towered over the Taiwanese capital for more than a decade.
Very much a build-it-and-they-will-come venture, the 1,666.7-foot tower was erected in one of the city’s least built-up areas, Xinyi District, as a symbol of a modern and ambitious Taiwan.
Thirteen years later, Xinyi is Taipei’s center for finance, business, offices and shopping. And in a sign that Taipei 101 has accomplished its mission of attraction, other skyscrapers are finally rising next door, altering the skyline of an otherwise surprisingly low-rise city.
If all goes well, the next addition to the Xinyi skyline will be the 51-story, 919-foot Taipei Sky Tower just north of Nan Shan Plaza, and the 52-story, 873.8-foot Fubon Group Xinyi Headquarters to its northeast.
The Fubon Group Xinyi Headquarters design is a collaboration by the Renzo Piano Building Workshop — the firm behind The New York Times Building and the Whitney Museum in New York, and the Shard in London and the Taiwanese architecture firm of Kris Yao | Artech. Kris Yao, (Hon. FAIA, M. Arch ’78) firm was responsible for the design of the Southern Branch of Taiwan’s National Palace Museum. The building’s namesake is a prominent financial services group that also owns one of the country’s four pro baseball teams, the Fubon Guardians.