Design Analysis




Analyzeand compare the Taipei 101 tower with the Palace of Versailles.

TheTaipei 101 tower and the Palace of Versailles represent two greatarchitectural or art forms centuries apart. While the Taipei 101represents architectural forms of the 21stcentury, the Palace of Versailles represents 16thcentury architecture. Regardless of this remarkable difference, thetwo pieces of art have many similarities especially when it comes tothe use of color and space.

Thegardens of the Palace are mostly green just as the main color of theTaipei 101. Both colors represent harmony and newness a concept thatthe architects of both works had in mind. Because of their beauty,both buildings attract thousands of visitors. The Taipei 101 alsouses one color of the rainbow each evening of the week. This use ofcolor is symbolic of the seven days in a week, and the green tint ofthe widows is symbolic of the bamboo signaling renewal. On the otherhand, the green color of the gardens represents prosperity.

Whilethe palace of Versailles is longitudinal, Taipei 101 is vertical.This represents the availability of space between the generations.Due to increases in population, the Taipei 101 would not have beencommercially viable if it occupied space that is more horizontal onthe other hand, during the time of construction of the Palace ofVersailles there was no engineering technology to build such a tallhouse.

Theform and spaces of both artworks are symbolically used to representpower through depth, height, and width. While the Palace ofVersailles represented ideological and political power, the Taipei101 is used mainly to represent economic power and sovereignty.


Fromthe analysis, it is clear that form, shape, color, and other designelements can be used to represent an array of factors. However, whatis importance is the preservation of such artworks for futuregenerations to learn from them.


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