Friday, July 09, 2004

Architectural Yao Ming

By definition, the tallest buildings in the world tower over their surroundings; think of the CN Tower in the Toronto skyline. When Taipei decided to build what is now the world's tallest occupied-on-every-floor building, they stuck it in an area where most of the buildings are less than fifteen stories. No attempt to reconcile this enormous structure (which looks like a stack of glass Chinese takeout boxes) with its surrounding environment. So look closely, and see if you can find the world's tallest building:

Subtle, isn't it?

(I took this photo last weekend, when Billy and I had afternoon tea on the thirty-eighth floor of the Far Eastern Hotel. This was the view to the east, away from the downtown area.)

Optional Beatrix shot to inspire a restful weekend.

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