CY Lee designed Taipei 101 as a green building, and it is also built to withstand typhoons and earthquake tremors, which are common to the area. At the time of its completion in 2004, it was the first building to break the 500-metre mark in height, standing at 508 metres. Its postmodern style fuses with Asian and Chinese elements, and its two elevators travel from the fifth to the 89th floor in a breathtaking 37 seconds. There is not only an observation desk to absorb the sights and skyline, but also a museum where the building’s architectural feats are explained and celebrated. Taipei 101 also houses a shopping mall, food court and restaurants, and an international grocery store.