6 of Kuala Lumpur’s best modern buildings
Founded in 1854, Kuala Lumpur is fairly young given its megacity status, so it is no surprise that its most imposing architecture is recent additions to the skyline. Here are six of its most striking modern buildings.
Petronas Twin Towers
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Without a doubt, the most famous modern architectural landmark in Kuala Lumpur are the Petronas Twin Towers. Opened in 1999 after three years as a building site, they stand at nearly half a kilometre tall, with 88 floors (with an additional 5 basement floors) and 382,000 sqm in floor area.
One of the main feeatures towers is the Skybridge: a double decker bridge connecting the two towers on the 41st and 42nd floors. Open to the public only on the 41st floor, this bridge is the highest of its kind in the world, standing 170 metres above ground, 58 metres long, and weighing 750 tonnes.
Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre
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Originally opened in 2005, the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre covers over 22,000 square metres in the heart of the Malaysian capital. The modern building was designed by the Australian architectural firm Cox Architects & Partners, in collaboration with Akitek Jururancang Malaysia. Five storeys tall, the centre covers a 5,500 sqm underwater park, which boasts a collection of over 250 different species and 5,000 land and aquatic animals from Malaysia and around the world.
It was announced in May 2015 that the centre is being expanded as part of its tenth anniversary celebrations, giving it up to 10,000 sqm in additional functional space. Work should be finished by the end of 2018.
The Telekom Tower is another of Kuala Lumpur’s feats in modern architecture. Built between 1998 and 2001, the 55-storey tower is among the world’s 50 tallest buildings, clocking in at 304 metres tall. With a series of hanging gardens climbing it, the structure cost over $160 million, and was designed by Hijjas Kasturi and Associates. The tower has been designed to benefit from its surrounding environment, using its windows, orientation, and air condition system to encourage energy saving.
Kuala Lumpur Tower
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It is not all offices and exhibition halls in Kuala Lumpur’s modern architectural collection. Standing at 421 metres with its antenna and 335 metres without, the Kuala Lumpur Tower is the capital’s tallest telecommunication tower and the 7th tallest freestanding tower in the world. Built between 1991 and 1994, it has been home to many of the Malaysian television and radio networks since it opened in 1996.
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Designed by Connecticut-based architectural firm Roche-Dinkeloo, Maxis Tower is a 49 storey commercial building that is home to the headquarters of Maxis Communication and Tanjong Plc Group. A key part of the Kuala Lumpur skyline, it stands next to the Petronas Twin Towers overlooking the Suria KLCC retail centre.
The Troika Kuala Lumpur Towers
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The Troika Kuala Lumpur Towers are a three-tiered structure consisting primarily of condominium developments, with a small number of offices and restaurants. Designed by Fosters and Partners, the towers are 160 metres, 177 metres and 204 metres high, with a dual glass-encased walkway connecting their 24th floors.
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