Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Unknown facts about Malaysia

The Petronas Towers are a landmark attraction in Malaysia’s capital city, Kuala Lumpur. Once considered to be the tallest buildings in the world, these twin 88-storey towers, soar to a height of 451.9 meters (1483feet) from street level.  The towers which were built at a cost of US$1.2 billion were inaugurated and opened to the public on 1st August 1999.
The towers are connected by a sky-bridge on the 41st and 42nd floors, and visitors can also ride up to the 86th floor (tower 2), where an observation deck offers 360̊ panoramic views of the city and beyond. An immensely popular tourist attraction, the towers are open to the public daily though a limited number of tickets are issued every day and charges are levied for access to both the sky bridge and the observation deck.
At the foot of the towers is the luxe KLCC shopping mall, along with art gallery, a gift shop and an 840-seat concert hall, the Dewan Filharmonik Petronas, which is home to the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra. The main occupant of the towers is the Petronas Oil and Gas Company but the towers also host various other tenants like the Al Jazeera News Channel, TCS, McKinsey & Co, Bloomberg and many more.
The towers are closed to the public on Mondays.
Little known facts about the Petronas towers
The building of the towers involved a truly global effort
The Petronas Towers were built to showcase Malaysia’s culture and advancement to the world, but in actual fact the towers were created by a combination of global efforts. The master architect for the project was Cesar Pelli, an Argentinean, who was aided by Deejay Cerico (of Malaysian Filipino descent), and Dominic Saibo, another Filipino designer. The consultants on the project hailed from Canada, while the structural design engineers came from New York. Two consortiums one from Japan (Hazama Corporation) and the other from South Korea (Samsung Engineering & Construction) also featured prominently in the construction of the towers.
Tallest twin buildings
The Petronas towers may not be the tallest buildings in the world, but they continue to be listed as the tallest twin buildings in the world.  Similarly the skybridge that links the two towers is the highest two storey bridge in the world which is situated at a height of 170 meters above ground level.
Reinforced concrete build
The towers were constructed out of reinforced concrete which was vigorously tested, before it was employed
Service building
To the east of the towers is a service building, which provides various operational services needed to keep the towers functional.
Out of bounds for superheroes
Alain ‘Spiderman’ Robert, a French urban climber twice tried to scale the Petronas Towers. On both occasions he reached until the 60th floor where he was arrested by the police.

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