Petronas Towers

twin skyscrapers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The Petronas Towers are two very tall skyscrapers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. They were the tallest buildings in the world until 2004, but still remain the tallest twin buildings. Each tower has 88 floors and they are connected by a sky-bridge between the 41st and 42nd floors. It is a commercial office building.

Petronas Towers
Menara Berkembar Petronas
Record height
Tallest in the world from 1998 to 2004[I]
Preceded byWillis Tower
Surpassed byTaipei 101
General information
TypeCommercial offices and tourist attraction
Architectural stylePostmodern Islamic architecture
LocationJalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Groundbreaking1 January 1992 (1 January 1992)
Construction started1 March 1993 (1 March 1993)
Completed1 March 1996 (1 March 1996)
Opened31 August 1999 (31 August 1999)
Inaugurated31 August 1999 (31 August 1999)
Renovated15 September 2011 (15 September 2011)
CostUS$1.6 billion[2]
OwnerKLCC Holdings Sdn Bhd
Architectural451.9 m (1,483 ft)[1]
Tip451.9 m (1,483 ft)
Roof405 m (1,329 ft)
Technical details
Floor count88 (with 5 being underground)[1]
Floor area295,000 m2 (3,175,000 sq ft)
Lifts/elevators30 (each tower)
Design and construction
ArchitectCésar Pelli[1]
DeveloperKLCC Holdings Sdn Bhd[1]
Structural engineerThornton Tomasetti & Ranhill Bersekutu[1]
Main contractorTower 1: Hazama Corporation
Tower 2: Samsung Engineering & Construction and Kukdong Engineering & Construction
City Center: B.L. Harbert International


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  2. "25 world-famous skyscrapers". CNN Travel. 6 August 2013.
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  4. Petronas Towers at Glass Steel and Stone
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  6. Petronas Towers at Structurae