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The Petronas Twin Tower located in the Kuala Lumpur city centre stands 88-storeys high and was designed by an Argentina architect named César Pelli. It was built from January 1992 and completed in 1998. There were two different contractors selected to be in charge of each tower as a step of precautions on considerations that should any problems occur with either one, the other contractor would be able to assist. One of the twin towers was built by Japanese (Hazama Corp.) and the other by Koreans (Samsung).
The Petronas Twin Tower with its height of 452 metres was being recognized by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat as the tallest buildings in the world since its opening and only overtaken by Taipei 101 in the year of 2004.
The Petronas Twin tower is a combination of glass and steel structure that is shaped like an eight-pointed star. The pinnacles of the two towers stand at 73.5m tall and are made of structural steel. Within each of the tower are 29 double-decker high-speed passenger lifts, six heavy duty service lifts and four executive lifts. There is about 32 000 windows and it takes aproximately 2 months to wash it.
The building resembles a rich culture of Islamic which is the official religion of Malaysia, including the “Rub el Hizb” motif on the building, and also geometric patterns on its floor plate. While The Towers' entrance lobbies features designs of Malaysian traditional handicrafts such as 'songket' and timber carvings. In addition, the floor design has been laid in a popular 'mengkuang' weave mat design.
Linking the twin towers is a double-deck sky bridge at the 41st and 42nd floors; which is 170 metres above the street. The sky bridge unique arch support forming a symbolic gateway to the city centre is always an attraction to see. Visitors may visit the sky bridge every Tuesday to Sunday from 9.00am - 7.00pm.
At the podium level between the to towers is the Philharmonic Hall and the Suria KLCC shopping mall. The Philharmonic Hall which is a concert hall especially built as a setting for classical musicals performance is able to accommodate up to 865 spectators. It also serves as the home to the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra. While the popular Suria KLCC mall has a total of 6 levels of retail outlets, including cinemas, open air cafes, dining outlets and the PETROSAINS (a science discovery centre of Petronas).
Outside of the twin towers is the KLCC Park, which was designed by the famous Brazilian landscape artist, the late Roberto Burle Marx. It is created as the “forest in the city” with 74 types of trees and palms, all in total about 1,900 trees. Amenities including jogging track, shelters and benches, wading pool, a two-acre children's playground and symphony fountain can also be found in the park.