21st Century Icon In Malaysia

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All the basics you need to know about the Petronas Twin Towers

The distinctive Petronas Twin Towers is (as of 2003) the tallest building in the world. It is located in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The towers themselves are entirely devoted to office space.



Petronas is Malaysia's national oil company. The country has rich oil reserves.



Below the twin towers is a popular shopping complex, called KLCC . There is also an classical orchestra based in the complex, Dewan Philharmonik.



About the tower itself

From this floor rose a 21-metre (69 ft) high retaining wall, with a perimeter length of over 1,000 metres (3,300 ft). This concrete shell and the basement area it enclosed required two years to complete, and up to 40 workers on site 24 hours per day.


They chose a distinctive postmodern style to create a 21st-century icon for Kuala Lumpur.


The total construction cost of Petronas Twin Towers was $1,600,000,000.


The Petronas Towers are important to Malaysia because they are Malaysia’s main tourist attraction and also they are the 21st century icon for Malaysia.


History

César Pelli was an Argentine American architect who built the twin towers


The planning for the Twin Towers started on the 1st of January 1992, and included accurate tests and simulations of wind and structural loads on the design.


Seven years of construction followed, beginning on 1 March 1993 with the digging, which involved moving 500 truckloads of earth every night to dig down 30 metres (98 ft) below the surface.


The next stage was the single largest and longest concrete pour in Malaysian history. 13,200 cubic metres (470,000 cu ft) of concrete was continuously poured through a period of 54 hours for each tower. This record-breaking slab with 104 piles forms the foundation for each tower