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Petronas Towers

Built: 1992-1998
Cost: $1,600,000,000.00
Designed by: Cesar Pelli & Associates
Type: Skyscraper
Stories: 88
Maximum Height: 1,483 feet / 452 meters
Location: Kuala Lumpur City Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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I t's not often that a single building becomes a status symbol for an entire nation. The Eiffel Tower in France; The Empire State Building in the United States; and now the Petronas Towers in Malaysia. The twin tower rose on the Pacific rim at a time when Asia's economy was booming. The Malaysian national oil company (Peroliam Nasional) needed new quarters to house its expanding operation. What they ended up doing is creating an icon. The towers have been featured in films, television, books, and even video games and are recognized for their distinctive style. A pair of slender shafts rise above the city. They are slick in appearance because of the glass curtain walls, but still have a pleasant tactile appearance because of the scalloping of the shafts to create high-rent views. Joining the two towers is a sky bridge at the 41st and 42nd floors. It stretches 192 feet across the gap to link the two buildings from 558 feet above ground. It is, unfortunately, supported by a truss structure, rather than something more evocative of the rest of the building. The Petronas Towers footprint is an eight-sided star with rounded nodules - a common symbol in Asian and Islamic religions. And it's a fitting redemption for a piece of land that was once a racetrack. In a building of this scale, moving people around is a major challenge. The designers came up with an interesting way of addressing the problem. At the main entrances, people who are going to even-numbered floors can simply board an elevator. People going to odd-numbered floors must ride an escalator one floor up to board the second level of the very same elevators. This way a single elevator car can serve two floors simultaneously.

  • At the time of its completion, this was considered by some to be the tallest building in the world. The debate over that status was made moot in 2003 when it was surpassed by Taipei 101.
  • The Petronas Towers have 32,000 windows.

  • 12 September, 2001: The Petronas Towers are evacuated because of a bomb threat a day after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York.

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tharshni
Saturday, January 19th, 2013 @ 11:19pm
Rating: Five stars.
very tall in malaysia.i like this very muchhhh.

Ibrahim Kakar
Saturday, March 3rd, 2012 @ 4:56am
Rating: Three stars.
When i see the Photographs of the Petronas Twin Towers I am so impressed. They are very beautiful.

Suhaimi
Thursday, December 16th, 2010 @ 10:27am
Rating: Five stars.
Never mind it not being the tallest tower anymore. These Twin Towers with its 'ornamented' steel cladding and 'interlocking' of basic geometrical plans truly represents the harmonious co-existance of Multi Cultured Malaysia and its deep rooted history. It is one of few buildings that truly has a Malaysian Identity.

Naren Shiva
Monday, November 15th, 2010 @ 1:52am
Rating: Five stars.
My office is at level 40 and I take so much pride in going to work there, everyday... Its Magnificent..

Mustafa
Thursday, October 21st, 2010 @ 11:28pm
Rating: Five stars.
now, malaysia is building a taller building. and it is expected to become the 2nd tallest building after burj khalifah, dubai.

mele
Tuesday, June 30th, 2009 @ 7:43pm
Rating: Five stars.
hi omg i can't believe what i a seeing it the greatest building in the world

Audelia Pena
Tuesday, February 10th, 2009 @ 9:51pm
Rating: Five stars.
I really like the way it was built. I wish I could build something like that one day. It is just really beautiful and awesome, I mean who wouldnt love it.

Mr. Skyscraper
Saturday, September 27th, 2008 @ 6:32am
Rating: Five stars.
Simply the most beautifully crafted building in the whole world

Shavy
Tuesday, April 15th, 2008 @ 3:18pm
Reminds me of how beautiful the twin towers were....

Derek Hon
Saturday, April 5th, 2008 @ 12:27am
Rating: Five stars.
a truly stunning and inspirational building! absolutely incredible!

ir khairuddin
Saturday, June 23rd, 2007 @ 8:36pm
Rating: Five stars.
Very brilliant design. If the towers are single, it may rises 900+ meter.So Nice

Ammar Kalo
Monday, July 31st, 2006 @ 6:35am
Rating: Five stars.
I just love these towers! They are amazingly detailed. Went I went there last summer I sat in the park nearby for one hour just staring at it

Miop
Tuesday, May 23rd, 2006 @ 4:16pm
Rating: Five stars.
I love this building. It is someting awesome! Not just for that high but also for the architecture.

ooi yat fai
Wednesday, July 13th, 2005 @ 4:28am
Rating: One star.
i think this building is just so-so,not brilliant

Inn
Tuesday, July 5th, 2005 @ 12:10pm
Rating: Five stars.
Beautiful architecture !!

Daniel
Wednesday, June 29th, 2005 @ 8:48pm
Rating: Four stars.
Regardless of what you think about the structure and design of the building, the petronas twin towers have got to be one of the most well made buildings in this part of the world. Workmanship and material use is fantastic , and so are the views from the skybridge (41st floor) and the upper parts of the tower (i got up to the 67th floor .. amazing!). Truly a landmark.

Has
Wednesday, June 29th, 2005 @ 8:32am
Rating: Five stars.
superb design. The building blends together the modern comtemporary and Islamic architecture.

howard
Tuesday, May 10th, 2005 @ 8:43am
Rating: Three stars.
nice but they look like 2 huge corn-on-the-cobs!

Jason
Monday, May 2nd, 2005 @ 5:58pm
Rating: Five stars.
I think that these building are the best looking buildings in the world. Also, that bridge they have is outstanding!

abz
Friday, April 22nd, 2005 @ 1:28pm
Rating: Five stars.
truly elegant and an attractive builing.

Danielle
Wednesday, March 23rd, 2005 @ 1:20pm
Rating: Five stars.
I think these buildings are amazing. They are truly a masterpiece its brillant how the capture the Malaysian heritage.

Craig
Thursday, March 10th, 2005 @ 12:21am
Rating: Five stars.
really nice buildings. the first time I saw them was on Entrampment staring Sean Connery and Cathern Zeta Jones. really nice. eligant

Kris
Thursday, December 16th, 2004 @ 3:09pm
Rating: Five stars.
Awesome

intan
Wednesday, December 8th, 2004 @ 1:23am
Rating: Two stars.
nice structure design

avijit dhali
Sunday, November 7th, 2004 @ 8:01am
Rating: One star.
fine


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