The Petronas Twin Towers were once the tallest buildings in the world. Now the world’s tallest twin structures, the 88-storey buildings were designed by Cesar Pelli & Associates with both towers joined at the 41st and 42nd floors (175m above street level) by a 58 metre-long, double-decker Skybridge.
Standing at 452 m tall, the Petronas Twin Towers retained its world-title claim to fame until 2004 when Taipei's 101 was built, measuring 508 m tall. Today, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai (opened in 2010) retains the spot as the world’s tallest building. Located in the KL city centre, the Petronas Twin Towers’ architecture is Islamic-inspired and the buildings primarily house the corporate headquarters of the Petronas and other offices.
When the Petronas Twin Towers were completed in 1998 they were declared the tallest buildings in the world, surpassing the 442-m-tall Willis Tower in Chicago, USA. At the base of the Petronas Twin Towers is Suria KLCC, an upmarket shopping mall that is very popular with tourists.
Tower One is fully occupied by the Malaysian state oil company Petronas, and its subsidiaries and associate companies. Tower Two is mostly taken up by multinational companies such as Accenture, Al-Jazeera, Barclays Capital, Bloomberg, Boeing, IBM, McKinsey & Co, Microsoft, Reuters and more.
Stretching out to the side of the Petronas Twin Towers is the spacious and beautifully landscaped KLCC Park which features a jogging track, walking paths, a water fountain and a wading pool for children.
Besides the mall and park, the Petronas Twin Towers has a host of other attractions including the Petronas Art Gallery and Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. Plus the Petrosains Science Centre is here set inside Suria KLCC: it is an interactive science discovery centre showcasing exhibits related to the petroleum industry, from petroleum’s origin in the age of the dinosaurs to its latest oil-based products.
Another one of the Petronas Twin Towers’ most notable features is the Dewan Filharmonik Petronas concert hall, Southeast Asia’s leading venue for classical music. Located in between the two towers, the architectural design of the facility, which has earned praise as one of the world’s best concert halls, is based upon the time-honoured design of 19th century European concert halls. The concert hall has played host to some of the world’s most respected musical talents and is home to the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra.
The double-decked Skybridge at the Petronas Twin Towers is one of its major draws. Offering amazing views of the city, visitors need a pass to enter the bridge: since a limited number are issued each day it is useful to get there early as queues can be long.
Apart from allowing tenants of the towers to move from one building to the other without having to go to ground level, the Skybridge also functions as an emergency exit route.
Opening hours are from 9 am to 7 pm (closed for Friday prayers 1 pm to 2:30 pm).