Explored skyscrapers around the world
JW Kurpjuweit (left) and Colin Chong
Since 2007, Kecojo chief technology officer Colin Chong, and Wink Wink Design jewellery designer and owner, JW Kurpjuweit, have been on a mission to explore some of the world’s tallest buildings, both for their breathtaking views and their inner workings.
They’ve done 17 buildings so far (without trespassing) and have the photos too – usually out on the observation decks or pictures of their shoes on a glass surface through which you can see all the way to the ground.
For Colin, the appeal lies in the engineering aspects of a structure. He points out Taipei 101’s 730-ton steel ball, for instance. It was installed to counteract high winds and helps visitors prevent motion sickness. JW, on the other hand, is drawn to the aesthetics – what kinds of materials are used and how Taipei 101 reflects cultural elements. Namely the lucky number eight in its eight canted sections and the features of a bamboo stalk in the construction. “I love how it brings nature and modern structure together,” he says.