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8 21 9.05%
7.5 9 3.88%
7 30 12.93%
6.5 12 5.17%
6 13 5.60%
5.5 6 2.59%
5 18 7.76%
4.5 7 3.02%
4 19 8.19%
3.5 4 1.72%
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Old November 24th, 2002, 12:04 AM   #1
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#258 l Grand 50 Tower l KAOHSIUNG l 222m l 50fl

Grand 50 Tower
Kaohsiung, Taiwan


HEIGHT: 222m/728 feet
FLOORS: 50 floors
COMPLETION: 1992
ARCHITECT: ?

The building's design uses the traditional Chinese pagoda style, where it looks like a block setting on another block. The building is an octagon-shaped to reduce force from the wind.

Chang-Gu World Trade Center is the first building in Taiwan over 50 floors. It was the tallest building in Taiwan for 6 months, from 1992 until early 1993 when Shin-Kong Life Tower was completed in Taipei.

Modern treatment of tones and textures utilizing traditional stone, combined with the dichotomy of complex aluminum shapes, present an instantly recognized image.

The 50-storey high structure is fully unitized for the entire wall system, some of the larger units are over 7 metres in height.

The entire project demanded the highest standards of finish and materials. The test specimen was subjected to very high windloads; the project was tested to pressures equivalent to a wind speed in excess of 300 mph.

Chang-Gu World Trade Center was the tallest building in Kaohsiung from 1992 until the Tuntex & Chien-Ti Tower was completed in 1997.

Currently the 2nd tallest building in Kaohsiung, and 3rd tallest in Taiwan.
















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Old November 24th, 2002, 12:42 AM   #2
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It's too boxy, but the facade is quite good. The style isn't bad, especially with the pagoda like top and shape.

7/10
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Old November 24th, 2002, 01:19 AM   #3
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8.5/10

This is one ethnic design that really works IMO. The setbacks are well-proportioned and graceful. Only the top looks heavy.

High points for being daring and beautiful.
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Old November 24th, 2002, 04:13 AM   #4
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I like it. Whats the style of this one?

8/10
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Old November 24th, 2002, 05:08 AM   #5
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daring, has an asian feeling. love its façade, the top does look a bit bulky.

9/10 one of C.Y. Lee's better ones
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Old November 24th, 2002, 10:26 AM   #6
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4.5/10

don't really like it. the shape of the building is quite nice though.
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Old November 24th, 2002, 10:29 PM   #7
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I don't like the bulge at the very top but the rest is very good.

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Old November 25th, 2002, 08:20 AM   #8
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8, nice building.. a little bit of height would do some good,.. altho its tall enough..
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Old November 26th, 2002, 08:22 AM   #9
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Hmm...

Well, if they like it over in Taiwan, then I like it.

I really have no idea what to give it.
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Old November 26th, 2002, 08:57 PM   #10
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i dunno there are some crazy towers over there . . .that looks like it belongs in Vegas!! 6/10
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Old November 28th, 2002, 04:12 AM   #11
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While the building is terrible IMO, this thread about it is awesome. Well done! The building is a PoMo disaster though, almost as bad as the skyscrapers in Wuhan.


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Old November 30th, 2002, 01:49 PM   #12
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The top totally ruins this building. It had so much potential. What a waste. 6.5
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Old November 30th, 2002, 03:46 PM   #13
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yeoh awesoem building
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Old December 4th, 2002, 12:45 PM   #14
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I've always liked the unusual design and colouring. . . 9/10
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Old December 5th, 2002, 12:19 AM   #15
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Grand 50 Tower (by which name it is also known)

Check out this picture



This is my favourite picture of this tower. It looks so large and imposing, but also like a giant monument. The top is a bit funny from some angles, but it fits right in when looking up at the tower from close, like in that second picture. The pagoda style is very interesting and unusual. Great building 9.0/10
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Old December 5th, 2002, 03:32 AM   #16
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7/10 - I like the multiple indentations at the corners, the cornice at the top of each set back, and the outward curve at the bottom of each segment. The cornices in particular not only resemble a pagoda, but remind me a bit of late 19th & early 20th century buildings, such as the Wainwright or the Flatiron.
However, the building is still too broad and blocky, even with the set backs, some parts of the facade could use a bit more detailing on the stonework, and that so-called crown - ARRGH! It's blocky and awkward, and doesn't seem to have any connection with the tower below it at all! All of that effort, and just a flat roof with a ticky-tacky, scrawny out of place antenna and a guy wire - they could have spared themselves the effort, and simply built the tower up with a series of setbacks culminating in a spire...THe only good thing about that crown as it is, is that it doesn't look quite so monumentally out of place when you're looking straight up at it from the ground...
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Old December 5th, 2002, 10:49 PM   #17
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thats a in me book

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Old December 6th, 2002, 11:52 PM   #18
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yeah it looks like a giant monument!

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Old December 7th, 2002, 04:14 AM   #19
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this is hideous to look at...looks more like a monument than a skyscraper...what is going on in Taiwan anyways??..the TFC looks like a bunch of tupperware stacked up & now this..??....maybe Taiwan should rejoin China ..at least they know how to build skyscrapers! less than 3/10...sorry.
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Old December 8th, 2002, 07:52 PM   #20
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what a stupid piece of architecture

A 10 for those who dare looking at it , a less than 3 for it's design :X
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