Tuntex Sky Tower, or the
T & C Tower or 85 SKYTOWER
(the Tuntex & Chien-Tai Tower; ), is an 85-floor skyscraper located in Lingya District, Kaohsiung, Taiwan.
structure is high
. An antenna
pushes the building height to . The building was constructed from
1994 to 1997. It is the tallest in Kaohsiung, and was the
tallest in Taiwan until the completion of Taipei 101. It replaced the Shin Kong Life
Tower ( ) as the tallest building in Taiwan when it was
completed in 1993.
The tower 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 Kao (or Gao 高), meaning "tall," and also the first
character in the city's name.
The building is owned by the 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
37th to 70th floors. The observation deck is fed by high speed
elevator, capable of speeds of per second
(36.6 km/h, 22.7 mi/h), the third fastest in the world after
101's Toshiba elevators and the Yokohama
The Kaohsiung 85 Building's Observation
Deck is located on its 75th floor and offers views over the
Kaohsiung City, the Love River, and the Kaohsiung Harbor.
The building was designed by C.Y. Lee & Partners
and Hellmuth, Obata &
. John W. Milton was Project Director on behalf of
Turner International Inc (New York, N.Y.), a subsidiary of Turner Construction
Image:Tuntex_Sky_Tower_night.JPG|Tuntex Sky Tower at
night.Image:Tuntex Sky Tower Kaohsiung Taiwan.jpg|Lantern Festival
at Tuntex Sky Tower.