Petronas Twin Tower, can you see me in front?
The Petronas Twin Towers
(also known as the Petronas Towers
or Twin Towers
), in Kuala Lumpur
, Malaysia, were the world's tallest towers from 1998 to 2004, if measured from the level of the main entrance to the structural top. Critics point out that this applies to only one of four height categories defined by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat - although the three additional height categories were only introduced as the tower neared completion in 1996, as opposed to the original category which had been in use since 1969.
These towers, which were designed by Cesar Pelli, a very talented Argentine architect, were completed in 1998 and became the tallest buildings in the world on the date of completion.
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. They were built on the site of Kuala Lumpur's race track. Because of the depth of the bedrock, the buildings were built on the world's deepest foundations. The 120-meter foundations were built by Bachy Soletanche, and required massive amounts of concrete.
Below the twin towers is Suria KLCC, a popular shopping mall, the biggest in Malaysia, and Dewan Filharmonik Petronas, the home of the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra.
KLCC Park Outside the building is a park with jogging and walking paths, a fountain with incorporated light show, wading pools, and a children's playground.