Petronas Twin Tower in Kuala Lumpur

Petronas Twin Towers
The Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Photo by: Someformofhuman, Creative Commons

The Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, is among the top 10 tallest buildings in the world. At 451.9 meters (1,482.6 feet), the Petronas Twin Towers was considered the tallest building from 1998 to 2004 when measured from the base to the antenna, or spire.

The towers were designed and constructed by an Argentinean architect named Cesar Pelli. Planning for the towers officially began at the beginning of 1992 and construction began in March 1993. They were completed in the year 1998 on the site of the racetrack of Kuala Lumpur. Because of the depth of the bedrock at this location, the racetrack was an ideal location for the towers.

The Petronas Twin Towers had 22 fewer floors than the World Trade Center buildings in New York City (88 floors compared to 110 floors). They are based on the simple Islamic architecture where every floor is based on an eight point star and the overall area of the buildings is spread out over 100 acres. The bottom floor consists of a shopping mall with a wide variety of goods.

These towers are constructed from concrete, steel and glass with reinforced designs for added durability. A special kind of concrete was used because it was more reliable, but it also weighs twice as much as normal steel. Pouring the concrete was a major feat. This project holds the record for the longest pour in the nation’s history at 54 consecutive hours of pouring for each tower.

Petronas Twin Towers Looking Up
View of Petronas Twin Towers and the bridge that connects the towers
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Petronas Twin Tower From the Bottom
Petronas Twin Towers from the bottom looking up
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20 thoughts on “Petronas Twin Tower in Kuala Lumpur

  1. Bree

    I so wish that i could have enough money to go to Malaysia it wouldbe a life site see and i so wish i had the money to go.!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Ashrat Khan

    Friends!
    No need to be million or to Visit this place,
    You need only 2000 USD for short 2-4 days stay in Malysia.

  3. Aabith ahamed

    If there is a tower like this in my country i will be kissing it all the time………so cool

  4. trexjames

    You realy dont need much money here that highest cost is air fare and hotels are cheap a fare 2 star is about 30 usd and food abot 10 bucks and you eat well. Travel by bus and you can go just about any wgwrw for about 5 buck. A week here and it only cost me about 600 bucks well worthit

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