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Petronas Twin Towers – Kuala Lumpur – Malaysia


Kuala Lumpur is a popular tourist destination of South East Asian country of Malaysia and the crown jewels of Kuala Lumpur are the two towers of height 451.9 metres also known as the Petronas Twin Towers. These two skyscrapers of 88 floors were known to be the tallest buildings of the world till 2004 when Taipei 101 surpassed them. Nonetheless, together they still continue to be the tallest twin buildings in the world.


Designed by Cesar Pelli, an architect from Argentina, the Petronas Twin Towers try to symbolise the post modern look of Kuala Lumpur. Starting in 1992, it took seven years for the completion of the towers with the official opening happening in 1997 by the Malaysian Prime Minister. The location of the Petronas Twin Towers was previously the race track of Kuala Lumpur. During the construction it was discovered that a part of the site had decayed limestone and the other part had soft rock. The location of the buildings was then decided to be on the soft rock portion. The creation of the buildings required the deepest foundation done for any building anywhere across the world so far. The Petronas Twin Towers mainly are made out of concrete except for the steel and glass used on the exterior to give it an Islamic touch commemorating the religion of the region.


On top of both the towers are pinnacles which are 73.5 metres in height have been assembled in Japan and Korea, respectively. The importance of the pinnacles is not just limited to the beauty of the buildings but they give warnings to the aircrafts and are also important features of the Islamic designs. Though the 83,500 sq metres of stainless steel give the Petronas Twin Towers a glistening effect from the sun thereby highlighting their grandeur, there are 55,000 sq metres of laminated glass on the two towers so as to reduce the UV effect of the blazing sun.


The Petronas Twin Towers are also joined by a SkyBridge constructed at a height of 170 metres above the ground. This bridge connects the 41st and 42nd floors of the two buildings. The best part of the skywalk is that it moves in and out of the towers thereby reducing chances of breakage or damage.


The interiors of the Petronas Twin Towers are also down in a traditional Malaysian style with the use of fabric and carvings. As observed the construction of the Petronas Twin Towers has largely been a multinational venture as far as resources and helps pouring from different parts of the world. As far as the occupants of the building are concerned, while Tower 1 is mainly occupied by Petronas and its associated companies, the Tower II is leased out to external companies like telecom giants Huawei, IT leaders IBM, TCS, Microsoft, and HCL, and media players like Reuter, Al Jazeera English, and so on.


The foot of the towers is home to Surya KLCC which is a posh retail store.

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