The Petronas Towers are an iconic feature of the Kuala Lumpur skyline soaring to a height of 451.9 metres above the rest of the city. Construction of the towers took place from 1993 to 1996, and until 2004 they were officially recognised as the tallest buildings in the world. The design of the towers is influenced by Islamic art and architecture, in particular both towers shared design features with the the Qutb Minar which is a famous minaret in Delhi constructed in the 12th and 13th Centuries by the ruling Muslim Sultanate of the time. The construction method of the towers is also interesting. High strength concrete without steel was used to create the main structural element of the two towers, which are wide tubes in the centre of the building.
Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur
The Petronas Towers are principally used as office buildings, with a large shopping mall (the Suria KLCC) at the base of the towers. The Petronas oil company and its affiliates occupy most of the office space in Tower 1 with the office space in Tower 2 leased out to a variety of prestigious companies and large banks. Visitors are permitted to access parts of the towers every day except for Monday from 09:00 to 21:00 with an admission fee of 80 MYR for adults and 33 MYR for children aged 2 to 12. For this fee visitors get to ascend in an elevator to the ‘skybridge’ linking the two buildings, then carry on up to the observation deck on the 86th floor and finally visit the gift shop near the exit.