Petronas Towers – The most famous architecture of Malaysia

PETRONAS towers as mentioned in the last article – one of the most beautiful architectural designs around the world – are the iconic landmark of Malaysia. Designed by Argentine architects Cesar Pelli and Achmad Murdijat together with Deejay Cerico and designer Dominic Saibo under the consultancy of JC Guinto, this pair of skyscraper buildings was completed in 1998 after 7 years constructing and then became the tallest building in the world from 1998 to 2004.

The architectural design of PETRONAS twins towers was took part in by the number of designers, engineers, building contractor management that equal with the number of construction workers. About 7000 construction workers and 7000 design workers who work together for 7 years to create this famous architecture.

The towers were designed and built look like the letter “M” for Malaysia. The architects also highlighted the strong cultural values of Malaysia through the jagged outline subtly resembles for one of Malaysia’s famous traditional handicraft – basket waving.

This famous structure stays inside a massive land of 100-acre site in Kuala Lumpur with a lot of modern office buildings, retail center, hotels, gardens, lakes, residential buildings and substantial public parks. The twin towers are high 451.9 meters with 88 levels consists of 216,901 square meters of total floor space. The towers are connected by a sky bridge on 41st and 42nd floor, which is the highest 2-story bridge in the world. This sky bridge is not directly bolted to the main towers but is specially designed to slide in and out of towers to prevent from breaking during the high winds.

The triangle that symbolize the sky bridge which has role as a fulcrum that balance Malaysia’s past and future, local values and global outlook, multi-cultural background and united 1Malaysia concept.

Nowadays, this famous architecture allows tourist to visit the sky bridge and observation deck on level 86 at the height of 360 meters over the ground with only RM80 for adults and RM30 for children. The tickets are limited issued with 800 tickets are being sold every day. Operating for more than 15 years, PETRONAS twin towers still a pride to Malaysia’s people and become the place you have to come for tourist who go to travel in Kuala Lumpur. There usually is a long queue in the early morning everyday with people who want to visit this beautiful architecture.

In conclusion, PETRONAS towers now may not the tallest building in the world anymore, but it still a famous architectural design that it not only can give inspiration to any architect all over the world but also an interesting place for people who love travel.

“As an internationally recognised landmark, the PETRONAS Twin Towers symbolise the courage, ingenuity, initiative, and determination, energy, confidence, optimism, advancement and zest of a nation.”Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad – Former Prime Minister of Malaysia (1981-2003) said.

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