A spectacular skyscraper of the world, the iconic Petronas Towers of Kuala Lumpur is one of the best man made creations. It stands 451.9 feet tall, marking the city as a global player. This futuristic skyscraper was designed by an Argentine American architect, Cesar Pelli.
The structure and representation of the Petronas Twin Towers
The arabesque patterns of the eight-sided star characterises the floor plan of the towers. The structure was completed in the year 1998 but even now, it does not cease to epitomise the futuristic Kuala Lumpur.
The sparkling look of the twin towers comes from the materials they are made from. Both the towers are encased with vision glass and steel. There are 33,000 multi faceted stainless steel walls and 55,000 glass panels. To clean a structure this large, it takes almost two months.
The towers consist of 88 storeys which makes them the tallest twin towers in the world. The five pillars of Islamic region is represented by the five tiers of the towers. At night, the towers are brilliantly lit which offer a picturesque view. The Petronas Twin Towers represent unity, harmony , rationality and stability.
Facts about PETRONAS Twin Towers
1) How long do you have to wait in the elevator?
The twin towers are equipped with 10 double decker lifts that have a capacity of 26 people per deck. The lifts are not your average lifts because their speed is 6.1 meter per second. The height of the tower justifies the speed of the lifts in a way.
2) How did it get its name?
Petronas (Petroliam Nasional Berhad) , a leading oil and gas company of Malaysia, is the main occupant of the towers. Therefore, the structure derived its name from the company and is thus named as the Petronas Twin Towers.
3) How much was spent in building this enormous structure?
The twin towers needed USD 1.6 billion to be built. It is one of the most expensive buildings in the world. This gigantic building sparked the pride of Kuala Lumpur and continues to do so to the present day.
4) How many years did it take to complete this project?
It took a good six years to finish building the Petronas Twin Towers although it should have taken eight years ideally. The master architect did a splendid job in maintaining the budgeted timeline and it was finally completed in the year 1998. However, the official opening was held on 28th August, 1999.