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Getting to Know the Skyscrapers in Malaysia

September 3rd is the global commemorative day for skyscrapers. It is because it was the birthday of architect Louis H. Sullivan, who has been called the "father of skyscrapers" and was widely considered to have designed the first ones.

 

The world's first skyscraper is generally considered to be the Home Insurance Building in Chicago. It was built in 1885 and was 10 stories tall -- an impressive height back then -- and stood out as well for having a frame of metal, rather than being built primarily from stone. An addition in 1890 later gave another two stories to the Home Insurance Building.

 

According to the World Tallest 50 Urban Agglomeration 2010 Projection by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), Kuala Lumpur was ranked 10th among cities to have most buildings above 100 metres (330 feet), with a combined height of 34,035 metres (111,663 feet) from its 244 high rise buildings. 

 

Do you know what are some of the tallest buildings in Malaysia? 

 

Merdeka 118

 

 

Merdeka 118, also known as Merdeka PNB 118, Warisan Merdeka Tower, 118 Tower and KL 118 is a 118-story, 678.9-metre-tall megatall skyscraper in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It is the world's second-tallest structure, surpassing the Tokyo Skytree at 634 m (2,080 ft), and the world's second tallest building, surpassing the Shanghai Tower at 632 m (2,073 ft). 

 

The building is designed with a mixture of diamond-shaped glass facades to signify the diversity of Malaysians. The design was made to resemble and inspired by Tunku Abdul Rahman's outstretched hand gesture while chanting "Merdeka!", when he proclaimed the independence of Malaysia on 31 August 1957. 

 

Petronas Twin Towers

 

 

The Petronas Twin Towers, also known as KLCC Twin Towers, were once are the tallest buildings in the world between 1998 and 2004 and still remain the world's tallest twin skyscrapers. The 88-floor towers are constructed largely of reinforced concrete, with a steel and glass facade designed to resemble motifs found in Islamic art, a reflection of Malaysia's Muslim religion. 

 

The Exchange 106

 

 

The Exchange 106, also known as TRX Tower, 106 Tower, TRX 106, and Signature Tower, is a 95-story, 445.5-meter-tall supertall skyscraper in Tun Razak Exchange, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It is Malaysia's third tallest building, the fourth tallest building in Southeast Asia, and the 23rd tallest building in the world. 

 

Telekom Tower

 

 

Telekom Tower, also known as TM Tower is a 55-story, 310-meter-tall supertall skyscraper in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It is Malaysia's fifth tallest building, and is shaped to represent a sprouting "bamboo shoot". It is located along the Federal Highway, Sprint Expressway and Jalan Pantai Baharu and is served by the Rapid KL Kerinchi LRT station. 

 

The tower has been designed to benefit from its surrounding environment, using its windows, orientation, and air condition system to encourage energy saving. The complex also includes a theatre that seats a 2,500 audience, a large prayer hall (surau), and a sports facility. A unique feature of the tower is its 22 open sky gardens alternating every three floors. 

 

Maybank Tower

 

 

Maybank Tower is a skyscraper in Pudu, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The tower is the headquarters of Maybank and houses the Maybank Numismatic Museum. 

 

Before the construction of the Petronas Twin Towers in 1995, Maybank Tower was the tallest building in Kuala Lumpur as well as Malaysia, at 244 m (801 ft), around half the height of the Petronas Twin Towers. The tower remains a prominent part of the city's skyline.

 

The floor plan of the tower consists of two square-based blocks that interlock each other at one of their corners. Each of the two blocks features a roof and lower base that slant in a direction opposite its other block, while the midsection stands at a perpendicular angle. The main access points of the tower are at the two corners of the structure that feature a space formed from the combination of the structure's two blocks, covered by tiered triangular roofs. 

 

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