Taipei 101 was built to highlight Taiwan’s growing prosperity on the global stage at the beginning of the twenty-first century, and it was meant to represent technological evolution fused with Asian traditions. The structure incorporates many pan-Chinese and Asian elements, as well as a postmodern architectural style.

The tower is intended to rise from its base in a series of eight-story modules, each flared outward to resemble traditional Chinese pagodas. The top is capped by a smaller tower which forms a pinnacle.