ALERT Breakout EDU:
A Brief Pause to Take Note
Breakout EDU is an educational tool of powerful potential, but it would not be responsible to rush through the puzzles and not take note of the rich architectural connections you and your teammates could make today.
Consider for a moment Taipei 101, one of the skyscrapers you encountered on your GeoGuessr world tour.
Development Company Public Educational Information
Standing in the Xinyi District of Taipei, an area known for its financial services and vibrant shopping malls, TAIPEI 101 represents a worldwide precedent for sustainable skyscraper development. Construction on the 101-story tower started in 1999 and finished in 2004.
The building was officially classified as the world's tallest in 2004, and remained such until the completion of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai in 2009.
The tower has served as an icon of modern Taiwan ever since its opening. The building was created as a symbol of the evolution of technology and Asian tradition. Its postmodernist approach to style incorporates traditional design elements and gives them modern treatments. The tower is designed to withstand typhoons and earthquakes. A multi-level shopping mall adjoining the tower houses hundreds of stores, restaurants and clubs. The structure appears frequently in travel literature and international media.
The tower rises from its base in a series of eight-story modules that flare outward, evoking the form of a Chinese pagoda. Taipei 101 was fortunate to have local and international experts in charge of the planning, and world-class architect C.Y. Lee was responsible for the design of the project.
The design is based on the Chinese number 8, a numeral long considered lucky in Chinese culture. Eight-floor structural units are connected one by one on top of each other to form the whole. The top of each module houses mechanical floors that accommodate garbage systems, ventilation equipment, water storage, and MEP services. Near the top, a smaller tower caps the structure, forming a pinnacle that has become a familiar sight for the city.
The façade of the tower features double-paned green glass curtain walls that are highly reflective and block solar heat gain by 50 percent. Other sustainable features include energy efficient luminaries, custom lighting controls, low-flow water fixtures, and a smart Energy Management and Control System. Its comprehensive structural plan has attracted numerous businesses and made it Taipei’s new city center.
Taipei101 is located at the very center of the Hsinyi Planned District. The Hsinyi District features spacious boulevards, landscaped parks and lovely mountain views and is considered one of Taiwan’s most livable environments.
--From the educational materials PDF provided by
Financial Center Corporation, Taipei 101. "Taipei 101: The Tower," 101 Taipei Financial Center Corp., 2014, www.taipei-101.com.tw/en/index.
Now that you have taken some time to review the text, diagrams, and charts, you are welcome to resume your Breakout challenge. Best wishes for your observational powers in discovering your 3-digit code for the final lockbox!