Taiwan will not only be able to boast of being home to the world’s tallest skyscraper later this year, but the fastest elevators as well.
Taipei 101 — a 1,667-foot tower of steel, glass and concrete due to be completed in Taipei in October 2003 — will have elevators that can lift passengers one kilometer a minute, project managers said on Tuesday.

“Elevators in Europe and the United States can travel up to 600 meters per minute,” said Harace Lin, president of Taipei Financial Center Corp, which is building Taipei 101. “Recently, Japan came up with one that can run at 750 meters (2,461 feet) a minute.”

The 101-story Taipei 101, with a shopping mall, office tower and observation deck, cost $1.7 billion and will be taller than the current world No. 1, the 1,483-foot Petronas Towers in Malaysia.

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