January 15, 2005

The Petronas Towers

The Petronas Towers Reflected In A Pool, Kuala Lumpur (2004)
Photography By El-Branden Brazil

Dominating the skyline of Kuala Lumpur, stand the symbols of Malayasia's economic success and ambitions - The Petronas Towers. Under the auspices of former Prime Minister Mohamad Mahathir, the towers were designed by Cesar Pelli and constructed by an international team.

Skyscrapers were the great Twentieth Century icons of wealth, and so Mahathir aimed to reach heights that would dwarf towers found in the USA. When the buildings were completed in 1997, they reached a height of 452 meters (1483 feet). To date, they remain the highest buildings in the world, although this title will shortly be acquired by Shanghai.

The design of the buildings marvellously incorporates an Islamic-influenced geometrical polygonal plan, accompanied with 32,000 shimmering windows to the top. No doubt, higher buildings await us in the future, but it will be very difficult to match the aesthetic beauty that is imbued in these modern marvels.

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