Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Petronas Towers – World’s Tallest Twin Buildings

Petronas Twin Towers Kuala Lampur Malaysia
Name of the building: Petronas Towers
Also known as: Petronas Twin Towers
Location: Kuala Lampur
Country: Malaysia
Designed by: César Pelli
Opened on: 1st August 1999
Height: 451.9 meters
Floors: 93 (88 + 5 basement floors)
Area covered: 395,000 square meters
Major materials used: Steel and concrete
Cost: 1.6 billion USD
Used as: Commercial offices and tourist attraction

5 interesting facts about Petronas Towers:

  • Petronas Towers or Petronas Twin Towers are the most popular tourist attraction not only in Kuala Lampur but in Malaysia too. These were the world’s tallest buildings from 1998 to 2004. They are still the tallest twin buildings in the world.
  • Petronas Towers were named after Petronas which is the national oil-company of Malaysia and is currently owned by Malaysian government. The Petronas oil company is the main occupant of the towers.
  • Petronas Tower II is home to many great companies’ offices i.e., Huawei Technologies, Boeing, Reuters, Microsoft, IBM, Aljazeera English, Bloomberg, HCL Technologies and many others.
Petronas Towers
  • The towers were built by two different construction consortiums because they had to meet the deadline of 6 years. So, Tower I was built by the Hazama Corporation of Japan while Tower II was built by the Samsung Engineering and Construction which was a Korean company.

  • Each tower has 10 double decker lifts and each lift can carry total 52 people. The towers also have 29 double decker elevators.

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