Tuned Mass Damper

Taipei 101 was the tallest building for most of the “noughties” from 2004 until around 2010. 99% Invisible did a story on it in 2016 http://99percentinvisible.org/episode/supertall-101/

The skyscraper was designed to withstand winds of 216km/h and very strong earthquakes. The “tuned mass damper”- which is 782 ton/138 elephant counter-weight designed to slow the sway of the structure when it moves in the wind, to accommodate for the need for the skyscraper to be unusually flexible due to being in an earthquake prone region.

The Tuned Mass Damper is painted gold and is actually a tourist attraction – there is also an animation “Wind Damper Babies”, a Damper Baby statue

30 Taipei 101 (臺北101) - The Bamboo Skyscraper with its Super Adorable Damper Babies (Large)

and related merchandise –


“A skyscraper is a machine to turn land into money” From Donald L. Miller. City of the Century: The Epic of Chicago and the Making of America (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2003).

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