Petronas Twin Towers 

Petronas Twin Towers the most interesting spot of Malaysia tours. It is the tallest Twin Towers in the world and the anchor project of Kuala Lumpur City Center or KLCC. It standing at 451.9 meter high, it has a two towers of 88-storey office building. It was designed by Argentinian architect Cesar Pelli.  

KLCC Courtesy by Tourism Malaysia Office Kuala Lumpur

The towers is the most tourist attractions in Malaysia. It is in Kuala Lumpur tourism centre which is one of the major attractions of Malaysia tourism industries. The towers situated at the northwest corner of KLCC, which is a northeastward growth of Kuala Lumpur's main commercial district of Golden Triangle area. It’s occupying the spot of the former colonial racecourse Selangor Turf Club.

The Petronas Twin Towers are also famous as Petronas Towers by people all over the planet. These magnificent structures stand 458 meters tall and have 88 floors. The groundwork of these towers extends 120 meters underground was built by Bachy Soletanche. While the height of the structure from ground level to the roof top is a staggering 378m (1240ft), without the pinnacle. Its total height after taking its antenna into consideration amounts up to 458 meters.

Designer/Architecture

The multi tower structure was designed by Cesar Pelli & Associates in association with KLCC Architects who designed the massive structure Petronas Twin Towers to perfection despite the requirements of its sponsors demanded that it had to qualify as the tallest structure in the world upon completion. Each of the steel-clad towers is topped by a functionless spire suggesting that their record-breaking height was not accidental.

Towers’ Sky Bridge

In 1998 soon the Petronas Twin Towers constructions completed, visitors are allowed to go to the 41st floor to see the sky bridge. The Sky Bridge which connects the two towers is designed to hold up even the windiest circumstances that the weather might throw at it. To avoid structural damage the bridge is not directly fastened to the structural frame of the tower but is designed so that it slides in to state of the art socket system. 

The two Petronas Twin Towers are joined by a 58.4-meter double-decker sky bridge at the forty-first and forty-second stories, 170 meters above street level. It weighs 750 tons. This sky bridge linking the two sky lobbies from each tower assists the movement flow between the two towers.

The company which fabricated and assembled this sky bridge was Samsung Heavy Industries of South Korea while lifting works of the sky bridge by VSL Heavy Lifting. The Engineering consultants work by Ranhill Bersekutu Sdn Bhd and Thornton-Tomasetti Engineers. Together, they form part of a larger development, the Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC).

In order to get into the Petronas Twin Towers Sky Bridge it is necessary to get a pass. These passes are given to about 1400 people every day, and usually they are all distributed before noon, so make sure you get there very early to ensure that you manage to get one.

Elevators

There are 78 elevators in total are in operation here allowing access to its visitors on a daily basis. There are 3 groups of elevators that together service all the floors in the building. The elevator cars are two stories, so one story handles the even floors and the other handles the odd floors.

These elevators are also specially equipped with a number of safety devices. The one that is the most interested is the way that one elevator can go up beside another elevator and evacuate people from it if it gets stuck or jammed between floors. It seems logical that the elevator system be huge and I can assure you that you will not be disappointed.

The lifts was supplied and installed by Pernas Otis Elevator Company Sdn Bhd (subsidiary of Otis Elevator Co).

One of the towers called Tower 1 is occupied by national oil company, Petroliam Nasional Bhd which is known as Petronas. A number of subordinate companies which belong to Petronas can also be found in this tower.

The other tower called Tower 2 facilitates several high profile companies such as Al Jazeera English, Reuters, Bloomberg, Boeing, IBM, Microsoft, Accenture, and a large number of smaller firms.

Suria KLCC

If you plan to travel to Malaysia do not miss the opportunity to visit the premier shopping mall of Kuala Lumpur City Center - Suria KLCC which is just next to the Petronas Twin Towers.

The name Suria KLCC - "Suria" means sunshine. Its huge 6-level crescent shaped shopping mall holds over 200 shops of specialty stores, 3 departmental stores, fashion boutiques, cinemas, a 1200-seat food court on the second floor and a 300-seat local food court and theme restaurants on the fourth floor.

At the ground floor of Suria KLCC there are several cafes facing the beautiful KLCC Park. On the 4th floor you will find the petroleum development centre.

The towers also include an art gallery, an 840-seat concert hall, Dewan Filharmonik Petronas, the home of the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra and an underground parking lot.

The KLCC Park

Just outside the plaza is the KLCC Park. KLCC Park is the beautiful 20-hectare KLCC Park designed by the late Brazilian landscapist Roberto Burle Marx.

Located at the foot of the Petronas Towers is home to symphony Lake with 2 playful musical fountains, mall, a public wadding pool, a children's playground, jogging and walking paths, It has a very large water fountain with built in lighting that puts on a fantastic show, as the water blasts high into the air. 

There are about 2000 indigenous trees from 74 species planted in the KLCC Park with about 40 trees preserved and replanted from the former Selangor Turf Club. I am sure you’re Malaysia tours will incomplete without visiting KLCC Park.

Suria KLCC the premier shopping mall at Petronas Twin Tower Courtesy by Tourism Malaysia Kuala Lumpur

Open Ceremony

Former Prime Minister of Malaysia Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad officially opened what has become a symbol of Malaysia's many proud achievements, the Petronas Twin Towers, in an impressive ceremony.

The significance of the event was augmented by the fact that Malaysia celebrated its 42nd National Day in 1999, the last such celebration of the millennium.

The soaring 88-storey building appeared simply spectacular as they bathed in dazzling lights and colorful laser rays that could be seen kilometers away. There was much news reported about Petronas Towers such as in New York Times Building (http://www.nytimes.com/2001/10/22/world/kuala-lumpur-journal-on-muslim-soil-a-lesser-fear-of-great-heights.html).

Nearby Attractions

There is an opportunity to visit nearby town and village such as Batu Caves the popular tourist destinations in Malaysia. Batu Caves is not far from Petronas Twin Towers.

If you have a bit adventures do not miss to travel to the north of Batu Caves there you can see a beautiful man made lake Batu Dam that supplying water to a some area in Kuala Lumpur and State of Selangor. It is just a few kilometers from my village Kampung Sungai Tua Baharu.

From there you can continue journey to Genting Highlands or else to Cameron Highlands popular former colonial residents. The Federal Highway road may reach you to the west, east and north of Peninsular Malaysia. There is no public transportation to go there. You have to rent a car which will charge daily rate. Contact your travel agent to give you more detail about this. Or you may contact nearby village people to assist you.

Batu Dam At Sungai Tua Baharu

Construction Work

The tower 1 was constructed by The Mayjaus Joint-Venture led by Japan's Hazama Corporation, consisted of JA Jones Construction Co, MMC Engineering Services Sdn Bhd, Ho Hup Construction Co Bhd and Mitsubishi Corporation while tower 2 was constructed by SKJ Joint Venture led by Samsung Engineering & Construction Co and comprised Kuk Dong Engineering & Construction Co Ltd and Syarikat Jasatera Sdn Bhd.

The construction work on Petronas Towers was completed in 1998 and they were opened in August 1999. At the time of their completion, the twin buildings were the tallest buildings in the world and continued until 2004 after Taipei 101 took over the title. But Petronas Towers are still the tallest twin buildings in the world until now.

Foundation Work

The towers themselves are made primarily of reinforced concrete and steel with a glass façade. Piling and foundation work for the towers completed in 1993. There is an experienced of some difficulties due to the limestone geology of the area. Competitor Japanese and South Korean–led consortium were responsible for construction of one tower each, the Japanese in the end winning the "race to the top" in April 1998.

The foundations made of 4.5 meters [15 feet] thick raft containing 13,200 cubic meters of grade 60 reinforced concrete, weighing approximately 32,550 tones under each tower, supported by 104 barrette piles varying from 60 to 115 meters in length. The floor-plate of the tower was designed based on geometric patterns common in architecture of Islamic heritage.

Interesting Facts

Other facts that you should know about Petronas Twin Towers it was made up of 65,000sq meters of stainless steel cladding, 33,000 panels (cladding comprised), 77,000 sq meters vision glass, 32,000 windows, 160,000 cubic meters of concrete in the super structures strengths up to grade 80, 36,910 tones of steel for beams, trusses and reinforcement, there are 7,000 man at work on the site at the peak o construction and until 1997 there were 1,000 on each tower.

The towers became the tallest buildings in the world when the construction work of the structure was completed in 1998. It replaced Chicago's Sears Tower, which had held the record since 1974. At a cost of about USD$1.8 billion the facility is consistent of 88 floors which provide a total floor area of around 395,000sqm.

Other World Tallest Building

Other world’s tallest existing and in planning buildings such as Burj Dubai/Burj Khalifa, Guangzhou TV Tower, Empire State Building, Nanjing Greenland Financial Center aka Greenland Square Zifeng Tower, Milad Tower aka Borj-e-Milad, Al Hamra Skyscraper, Emirates Park Towers, Elite Residence Dubai Marina, Shanghai Tower, Petronas Towers, Dubai Towers Doha, Jin Mao Building, Chicago Spire, Emirates Towers, John Hancock Center, Ryugyong Hotel and many other amazing skyscraper.

Malaysia Map below will show you the road from Kuala Lumpur International Airport Sepang – KLIA Airport to the Petronas Twin Towers:


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