Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Fun facts about the Petronas Towers

The Petronas Towers, also known as the Petronas Twin Towers are twin skyscrapers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. According to the CTBUH's official definition and ranking, they were the tallest buildings in the world from 1998 to 2004.
The towers were designed by Argentinian architect C├ęsar Pelli. They chose a distinctive postmodern style to create a 21st century icon for Kuala Lumpur. Planning on the Petronas Towers started on 1 January 1992 and included rigorous tests and simulations of wind and structural loads on the design. Seven years of construction followed, beginning on 1 March 1993 with the excavation, which involved moving 500 truckloads of earth every night to dig down 30 metres (98 ft) below the surface.

Petronas Towers

Here are some other interesting facts about the Petronas Towers:

• Petronas Towers were built at a whopping cost of US $ 1-2 billion
• The towers are built on the site of earlier race track of Kuala Lumpur
• The towers together have 1,000,000 square meter of floor space
• The towers combined have 32, 000 windows, 1,800 doors, 765 staircases and 88 stories
• They were designed to represent grace and strength using geometric principles illustrated in Islamic architecture
• The buildings contain 80,000 cubic meters concrete, almost 11,000 tonnes of reinforcement, and 7,500 tonnes of structural steel beams and trusses
• Twin Towers are part of the 100-acre KLCC Development
• The Skyway connecting the towers is closed on Mondays. Free passes to visit the towers must be obtained on first-come, first-served basis
• Visitors are allowed to access the bridge at 41st level because 42nd level is occupied by tenants
• There are 10 escalators in each building of Petronas Towers
• Petronas Twin Towers also include an art gallery, an 840-seat concert hall, and an underground parking lot
• The main occupant of the Petronas Towers is Petronas, the national oil-company of Malaysia
• Below Petronas Twin Towers is a shopping mall, Suria KLCC, and Dewan Filharmonik Petronas, the home of the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra. Accenture, Al Jazeera English, Carigali Hess Bloomberg, Boeing, IBM, Khazanah Nasional Berhad, McKinsey & Co, TCS, Krawler Networks, Microsoft, and Reuters are some of the companies that have rented offices in the Petronas Towers
• Alain "Spiderman" Robert, a French urban climber, tried to climb the Petronas Towers on 20th March 1997, with his bare hands and feet. He reached the 60th floor, where he was arrested by the police. He again tried the feat, this time on the other building, on 20th March 2007. This time also, he managed to reach only 60th floor and was arrested by the police
• The sky-bridge is the highest two story bridge in the world


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