Petronas Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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The petronas twin towers

 

The Petronal Twin Towers was declared by the Council on Tall Buildings as the world’s highest on the 15th of April 1996. This meant the honor had crossed continents. Although it was not really the intention of the developers of the project, the national oil company, Petronas, and the Malaysian government along with a group of private investors, to usurp the position formerly held by the Sears Tower in Chicago, they did intend to build a monument that would declare to the world that Kuala Lumpur “has finally arrived” as a cultural and commercial capital.

Designed by Cesar Pelli, an American architect, the Petronas Twin Towers truly has a winning design with its identical towers of stylish proportions and classic slender lines captures the public’s imagination as well as the coveted title.

The design of Pelli satisfied the developer's goal of expressing the 'heritage and culture of Malaysia' by employing distinctly Islamic arabesques and Muslim geometries in its structure.

The Petronas Twin Towers has succeeded in terms of design and engineering to evoke Malaysia's colorful past and promising future, acknowledging the nation's history and culture while declaring its cosmopolitan pursuits. According to Pelli, the resulting structure though not particularly Malaysia, will always be linked with the country’s capital city of Kuala Lumpur.