Taipei Trade

by Y. C. Yang, T. Y. Lin International, 315 Bay St., San Francisco, CA 94133,
Ernest Loh, T. Y. Lin International, 315 Bay St., San Francisco, CA 94133,


Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1987, Vol. 57, Issue 11, Pg. 48-50


Document Type: Feature article

Abstract: The appearance of this building is remarkable—so were the cost savings. A design change form rigid shear walls to a ductile frame helped keep construction of Taipei's World Trade Mart some 30% under budget. The Trade Mart is part of a $500 million Trade Center. The mart contains a huge central atrium, with a space frame spanning 54m × 72m. The ductile frame also offered earthquake protection, as Taipei sits along the notorious Ring of Fire. The Mart featured columns spaced 18m apart, allowing flexibility for trade shows. Because it sits on saturated soil, the foundation has no piles and literally floats.

Subject Headings: Ductility | Earthquake resistant structures | Space frames

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