Watch The 720-Ton Ball Damper Swinging At The Top Of The Taipei 101 Skyscraper During A Typhoon

August 12, 2015


This is a video of the 720-ton steel ball damper swinging inside the Taipei 101 during a recent typhoon. The damper, which is suspended in a chamber between the 87th and 92nd floors, swung more then three-feet during the typhoon in order to counteract the swaying of the building. It's weird to think there's a 720-ton ball hanging almost at the top of one of the world's tallest buildings. It's also to weird to think there are two 7-pound balls hanging from the lower middle of one of the world's stupidest bloggers, yet here they are, bruising my thighs whenever I take the stairs.

Keep going for the video.

Thanks to Christina, who agrees if the house is a rockin' don't bother knockin' just kick down the door and start partying because nobody is going to hear you if you just knock.

  • Sebastien Michael Mansfield

    2 minutes of a singular giant testicle of a building swinging back and forth. Magical.

  • Did the video need to be 2 minutes long?
    It was putting me to sleep.

  • iofo61

    That building has balls. Er, ball.

  • dougfunnay

    the lance armstrong of buildings
    im still waiting on the announcement that there are findings of unapproved support beams

  • Tom327Cat

    It's beautiful!

  • Travis Streeter

    Did the ball sway, or did the building sway and the ball staied in place?

  • WhiteEagle2

    I imagine both of them are swaying, but the ball is "dragging" the building from swaying as much.

  • Taigitsune


  • Captain Matticus, LP Inc.

    Who wants to work on the 86th floor? Anybody? Anyone?

  • Ranzer

    if that ball drops i think more than just the 86th floor would have something to worry about.

  • Captain Matticus, LP Inc.

    Granted, but I'd just hate to be directly under the damn thing all the time. You've got to be able to feel it move and even hear it at times. Just a constant reminder that gravity is always working.

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