The Petronas Towers are the tallest buildings in Southeast Asia. And at one point the world. Today they still hold the record for the tallest twin towers in the world.
Situated near the Kuala Lumpur Tower, the buildings are supposed to represent a gateway into the future. Architect Cesar Pelli found his inspiration for the design in the traditional culture of Islam; for instance, the geometric eight-pointed star floor design.
While the Petronas Towers were technically the tallest buildings in the world for a six year span (surpassed by the Taipei 101 in 2004), the roof of the buildings are actually 208 feet lower than the roof of the Willis Tower (Chicago). This is because the spires are included in the height of the Petronas Towers.
Here are some more interesting facts about the tallest buildings in Southeast Asia, check out this Slideshare presentation:
— Petronas Towers – Wikipedia
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