Petronas Twin Towers, one of Malaysia’s most well known landmarks. The towers dominate the cityscape of Kuala Lumpur. The 88 storey, 451.9 metre high building, is impressive. The towers look like a giant ‘M’, a deliberate part of the design, being “M” for Malaysia. The jagged outline of the structure subtly resembles one of Malaysia’s famous traditional handicrafts, basket weaving, highlighting the strong cultural values of the country.
As with almost everything here entry to the towers is via a mall. The first stop is the viewing bridge which joins the two towers. As I have said before, Kuala Lumpur is not the prettiest of cities, so although, both from the bridge and from the 86th floor, one gets a great view of the city, it’s bit bland.
The Twin Towers are said to symbolise Malaysian culture and advancement on the world stage. The design of each Tower’s floor plate is based on simple Islamic geometric forms of two interlocking squares, creating a shape of eight-pointed stars. The Towers have 29 high-speed passenger lifts, six heavy-duty service lifts and four executive lifts. The executive lifts are the longest rise in any office building in Malaysia, taking 90 seconds to get from the basement car park to the top of the Towers. They are the tallest twin towers in the world.
KLCC park is right next to the twin towers and has a fountain display, sculptures and some architectural trees.