The Petronas Towers situated in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia are the tallest twin towers in the whole world. It retained its position as the world’s tallest tower from 1998 to 2004. The architecture of the Petronas Twin Towers was designed by renowned architect Cesar Pelli. The important feature of the Petronas Towers is its tube in tube design which is involved in the designs of tall skyscrapers. The construction of the Petronas Towers commenced from April 1994. It was inaugurated on August, 1999.
Features of the Petronas Tower
The Petronas Tower is also known as Menara Petronas or Menara Berkembar Petronas. The tower has quite a few interesting features such as the total number of floors on the tower is 88 and the number of elevators is 78. The tower is owned by KLCC Holding Sdn Bhd and the cost of construction was more than USD $1.6 Billion Dollars. It is often credited that the brainwork behind number of skyscrapers in Kuala Lumpur goes to former prime minister of Malaysia Tun Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad. His revolutionary ideas played a significant role in uplifting the face of Malaysia in the global map. The Petronas Towers of Malaysia are seen as a symbol of pride and development for the nation. The Petronas Tower was originally constructed on the site of Kuala Lumpur race track. Though, it took a while to built the foundation for the tower as millions of tons of earth was removed from the construction sites in night.
Commercial Aspects of Petronas Tower
The Petronas Tower One is occupied fully by Petronas of its multiple office complexes and subsidiaries. Moreover, its associated companies also reside inside the tower. Apart from Tower One, the Petronas Tower Two has been awarded to various companies on lease. Most of these companies include technological giants such as Huawei Technologies, Wipro Limited, HCL Technologies and Microsoft etc. Some of the other companies which also reside in the tower are Krawler, Al Jazeera English, Berhad, Mc Kinsey & Co. etc. These towers are fully equipped with all facilities ranging from emergency escape routes, elevators, modern alarm system, smoke detectors, 24hrs surveillance systems, security etc.
Why visit the Petronas Towers?
The Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia is one of the largest crowd pullers. Tourists from different parts of the world visit the tower for shopping, sightseeing and amazing dining experience. One of the major retail chains operating in the tower is Suria KLCC. The famous Suria KLCC is spread across more than 140000 meter square of space with hundreds of retailers of international brands selling vivid items of interest. Tourists prefer to buy gift items along with apparels from reasonable retail outlets. Apart from shopping, it also has underwater aquarium, gallery and Science center along with theater. Over the years, the tower has significantly grossed millions of visitors each year.
Tourists also prefer to visit the double Decker Sky Bridge which interconnects Tower One and Tower Two at 41st and 42nd floors respectively. The Bridge is elevated at a height of 170 meters from the ground.