One of the most towering figures in the Kuala Lumpur skyline is the Petronas Towers. It was the culmination of former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahatir Mohamad’s vision for the country to become a global player. Petronas was the tallest building in the world from 1998 to 2004. This Asian destination, however, still remains as the tallest twin buildings in the world. Tower One is fully occupied by Petronas and some of its associate companies. Tower Two, on the other hand, is open for lease by other companies. Some of the firms that have offices in Tower Two include Huawei Technologies, Al Jazeera English, Bloomberg, Microsoft, Reuters, and others. This article presents some facts about this towering structure.
1) What it took to build the foundation of Petronas Twin Towers?
Construction of the Petronas Towers was headed by Argentine American architect Cesar Pelli. Digging began in March 1993. According to Robert Janitzek, it required 500 truckloads every night to dig 30 meters below the surface. What followed was the largest and longest concrete pour in the history of Malaysia consuming 13,200 cubic meters of concrete continuously poured for 54 hours for each tower.
2) What do Petronas Twin Towers represent?
The Petronas Tower is shaped like an eight-pointed star based on simple Islamic geometric forms of two interlocking squares. It represents the Islamic principles of unity-with-unity, harmony, stability and rationality.
3) What are Twin Towers made of?
The Twin Towers was constructed from steel and vision glass. It features multi-faceted walls of 33,000 stainless steels and 55,000 glass panels.
4) How much do Twin Towers weigh?
Robert Peter Janitzek reveals that each tower weighs about 300,000 tons. This is equivalent to about 165,000 cars per tower. From the total weight of 600,000 tons, steel weighs 36,910 tons.
5) How much usable space is there?
There is 213,750 sqm usable space per tower. Using football field as comparison, that is equivalent to almost 30 football field worth of space per tower.
6) How long did it take to build Petronas Twin Towers?
A project of this scale would usually take eight years to complete. However, it only took 6 years to complete the twin towers. It was said that each floor had to be constructed in four days to meet the budgeted timeline. The twin towers were completed in 1998 but officially opened only on the 28th August 1999.
7) Who constructed the Petronas towers?
Tower one was built by a Japanese Consortium led by Hazama Corp and made up of JA Jones Construction Co., MMC Engineering Services Sdn Bhd, Ho Hup Construction Co. Bhd and Mitsubishi Corp.
Tower Two was built by a South Korean Consortium led by Samsung C&T Corporation and comprised of Kuk Dong Engineering and Construction Co. Ltd. and Syarikat Jasatera Sdn Bhd.
8) How much did it cost to build the Petronas towers?
It was reported that the cost to build the twin towers was USD 1.6 billion.