Sunday, January 23, 2011

World's Highest TV Tower

Canton Tower, formerly known as Guangzhou TV & Sightseeing Tower, which is an observation tower near the Pagoda Chingang, Guangdong, China. Canton Tower was first operated on September 29, 2010 on the opening of the Asian Games 2010. The tower is the tallest tower in the world, replacing the CN Tower (553 m) in Canada which previously held the title as the tallest tower in the world for 34 years. Canton Tower was the tallest building in China and East Asia, Canton Tower is the fifth tallest building and is a free-standing building in the world's second highest (after the Burj Khalifa).

Location : Guangzhou, China
Status : Complete
Groundbreaking : November 2005
Constructed : 2010
Use : Restaurant, observation, telecommunications

Antenna or spire : 600 m (1,968.5 ft)[2]
Roof : 454 m (1,489.5 ft)

Floor count : 108 (excl. 2 below ground)
Floor area : 114,054 m2 (1,227,700 sq ft)
Elevators : 6

Architect(s) : Mark Hemel, Barbara Kuit; IBA
Structural engineer : Arup


Canton Tower was designed by Dutch architect Mark Hemel and Barbara biscuits from INFORMATION BASED ARCHITECTURE (IBA) along with Arup, which is an international company design engineering and business consultancy headquartered in London, England. In 2004, BASED INFORMATION ARCHITECTURE (BIA) and Arup won the international competition, in which many large international architecture firms to participate. In the same year the BIA and Arup in Amsterdam developed a concept design of the tower. At an advanced stage, IBA in collaboration with Arup offices in China and also with Local Design Institute. This tower, though not fully completed, since October 1, 2010 has been opened to the public. As the running time, the Guangzhou government initially hesitated to decide the name of this Tower, the Guangzhou TV & Sightseeing Tower's. On September 29, 2010, the Guangzhou government officially announced that this tower will be named Canton Tower. Previously there have been lengthy discussions in the Guangdong region about what the name for this tower. In 2009 the municipality makes competition a race to the naming of this Tower. More than 100,000 names submitted, finally Ta Hai Xin (center of the Sea) received the first prize. This name refers to the setting on the banks of the historic city of Canton Pearl River Delta. But the name is a lot of protest from the people of Guangzhou, by reason of this name is too old. Eventually the city decided a more neutral name and then on give the name Ta in Chinese Guangzhou, or Canton Tower in English. In addition to the official name of the Tower Guangzhou also has a nickname. The locals call it waist Xiao Man (Xiao Man, was a famous geisha in the Tang Dynasty (618AD-907AD), which has a slim waist is very beautiful). One architect, Mark Hemel, said: "Where skyscrapers that most bear" Men "with features that introverted, strong, straight, rectangular, and based on repetition, we want to make a" woman "tower, a complex

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