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Ten tallest buildings in KL (as of 2014).

Posted in Awesome Buildings, Structures, Skylines or Architecture with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 24, 2014 by vincentloy

Kuala Lumpur, besides than its iconic Petronas Twin Towers which still stand today as the world’s tallest twin buildings, the city is also home to plenty of soaring skyscrapers. Currently, Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia, has 17 buildings above 200 metres high respectively (including topped out or almost completed buildings). That figure does not includes telecommunication tower. Hence, the 421 metres tall KL Tower isn’t counted in. According to The Skyscraper Center from Council of Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), Kuala Lumpur is ranked 10th ‘tallest’ city in the world, and 15th in the world by number of buildings exceeding 150 metres height.

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The city still has plenty of space, but people loves to build tall buildings anyway. Building skyscrapers is a symbol of strength to a nation’s economy and image to the rest of the world. The last time I wrote about the city’s top ten tallest buildings was on last year, and I’m sure I have to update the list now as it changes every year. That’s a good sign and indication that KL is on course to build tall buildings rapidly, but just not as ambitious as those cities from China or Dubai. The first two in the list never change for many years already, and it’s the Petronas Twin Towers (everybody knew it). But what are the next tallest buildings in the city after the twin towers? Here you go…

1 & 2. Petronas Twin Towers, 452 metres, 88 floors.

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3. Telekom Tower, 310 metres, 55 floors.

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4. Ilham Baru Tower, 298 metres, 64 floors. (Topped out, will complete next year).

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5. Naza Tower 1, 273 metres, 50 floors. (Pending spire installation to reach its full height, will complete next year).

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6. Petronas Tower 3, 267 metres, 60 floors.

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7. Maybank Tower, 244 metres, 50 floors.

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8. Vista Tower, 238 metres, 60 floors.

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9. Felda Tower, 216 metres, 50 floors.

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10. Maxis Tower, 212 metres, 49 floors.

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I would like to include seven more (below) that has also surpassed 200 metres in building’s height respectively.

11. AmBank Tower, 210 metres, 50 floors.

12. KKR2 Tower, 210 metres, 37 floors.

13. The Troika Tower 3, 204 metres, 50 floors.

14 & 15. Berjaya Times Square Tower A & B, 203 metres, 48 floors.

16. K Residence, 202 metres, 52 floors.

17. Lot G Office Towers, 200 metres, 42 floors.

In two to three years time, there would be more than 20 buildings with over 200 metres high respectively in the city. Also not to forget the on-going construction of some supertall projects in KL like the KL118 Tower (618 metres, 118 floors) and Four Seasons Place (343 metres, 65 floors). Kuala Lumpur, my home city, has plenty of tall buildings, which made the city a pleasant sight to skyscrapers’ lovers like me.

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More statistics regarding the city in terms of skyscrapers can be found here: http://skyscrapercenter.com/city/kuala-lumpur.

(Images in this post are from various sources throughout the world wide web)

 

Fascinated with Google Map’s Street View…now available in Malaysia.

Posted in Interesting Things I Encountered or Thought of with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 1, 2014 by vincentloy

It has come to our attention today that the ‘Street View’ feature in Google Map is finally available for Malaysia. This feature which allows us to see a place/location in street level is introduced quite some time ago in US, and then slowly expanding to include other countries across the world too. This is a significant added feature in the Google Map/Earth programme which is first created for us to see places only in aerial view (can only see the plans). Now, things look surprisingly cool and real..thanks to the ‘Street View’.

In these recent months, you may have noticed strange-looking car or vehicle (Google camera car) wondering around in our local streets. Yup…those cars were recording the images. And now, it is finally available online in Google Map. The visuals are quite clear too, except when they had to purposely blurred out the people faces, car plate numbers, etc for privacy reason. My colleagues were all discussing about it today as we were quite excited of this new feature. The first place we looked into is our office. Then, we moved on to check out street views of some sites of our office’s projects. That is cool. Now, we don’t even need to go to the place to take images. We can just search it in Google Map in ‘Street View’ feature and see its panoramic images.

Very beneficial especially when some of our project sites are in other states, particularly Johor. If this feature is not available, then we have to travel few hours to Johor just to take some site images. Now, it can be done in few minutes time. But the images shown were actually dated back at least several months ago. Anyway, it’s still considered quite updated. Everyone is happy with this feature but some raised privacy and security concern. Even my house is shown in the ‘street view’ eventhough it is located way deep inside a huge neighbourhood. Quite surprised to actually get to see it.

Of course I wouldn’t post that street view image of my house here due to privacy reason. But wait…I’m going to spend the night playing around with this cool feature. And here are some of the amazing street-view images I saw of KL just now in Google Map.

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If you have nothing to do, try out this street view feature which is only introduced in Malaysia by late of September. Looks fun and very beneficial. You can see your home, your school, your frequently-visited streets or shops, your favourite places, some destinations you wished to go but haven’t had the chance yet, etc.

 

Surprised that KL is in the top 21 finalists for the selection of New 7 Wonders Cities.

Posted in Breathtaking News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 17, 2014 by vincentloy

Back in year 2000, there was an initiative to officially choose Wonders of the World due to the varying selections worldwide on this prestigious title. Organized by the New7Wonders Foundation, a seven-year long campaign was held and the result was finally announced in 2007. Great Pyramids of Giza is not contested as it is awarded with honorary title as the only remaining wonder of the ancient world. The New 7 Wonders of the World are Great Wall of China, Petra, Colosseum, Chichen Itza, Machu Picchu, Taj Mahal and Christ the Redeemer.

Right after that, another campaign is organized to select the New 7 Wonders of Nature. It ended in 2011 with the result as follow: Amazon Rainforest, Jeju Island, Halong Bay, Iguazu Fall, Puerto Princesa Underground River, Komodo Island and Table Mountain. The New7Wonders Foundation didn’t stop there, as they are now in the campaign of selecting the New 7 Wonders Cities. Started in 2012, more than 1200 cities from over 220 countries across the world are listed and opened to be voted by the general public.

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Then, the list eventually narrowed down to 300, then to 77, and to 28 for the finalist phases. Currently, there are only 21 finalist cities and if you want to vote seven out of them, here’s the link to its official voting website: https://www.new7wonders.com/en/cities. The 21 finalists are Bangkok, Mendoza, Havana, Beirut, Kuala Lumpur, Mumbai, Seoul, Durban, Doha, Barcelona, Quito, Saint Petersburg, Vigan, La Paz, London, Perth, Reykjavik, Shenzhen, Chicago, Istanbul, and Mexico City. The bold ones are my picks. I wonder how many of my picks got into the final prestigious top 7 list.

This current top 21 list will be further narrowed down to top 14 by 7 October 2014, and then the final New 7 Wonders Cities list will be announced on 7 December 2014.

First of all, I’m quite surprised by the current top 21 finalists. Popular major cities like New York, Paris, Rome, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Beijing, Tokyo, Singapore, and Sydney aren’t present. Even other beautiful cities like Rio de Janeiro, Dubai, Melbourne, Washington and Athens are no where to be seen. I’m now confused how the others vote and what do they think of seriously when they are voting. There are so many unpopular cities that are shockingly successful on being listed in the top 21. Huh…It’s not easy to be the top 21 out of over 1200 cities and I’m very curious on how most of the presently listed 21 cities advanced into this final stage.

But I’m obviously glad that my home city, Kuala Lumpur made it into the list. What a happy news to my country. Looking from this top 21 list, I think KL has quite a high chance to be in the final New 7 Wonders Cities’ list. Wishing that my city, KL would be able to be listed in the final New 7 Wonders Cities official selection. It will make the country and all Malaysians proud and happy. I have to say that Kuala Lumpur is really a vibrant, nice and beautiful city.

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Kindly vote and support my city if you have the free time to do so. I have provided the website’s link earlier. It’s easy to vote too. Thanks.

(Images in this post are from various sources throughout the world wide web)

R.I.P. MH17

Posted in Breathtaking News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 18, 2014 by vincentloy

‘Before writing further, I would first like to express my heartfelt and deepest condolences to the families, relatives and friends of all the 298 victims on board the ill-fated Malaysia Airlines MH17 flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur on 17th July 2014. And my sincere thoughts and prayers to the deceased. Rest in peace, and may God be with you.’

The world is currently overwhelmed with news of a Malaysian plane found to have crashed at Ukraine, near Russian border yesterday. What’s further shocking from that saddening statement is that the plane went down not because of any technical failure or accident but is now believed to be shot down by military. This has been widely called as an act of cruelty and terrorism. While the Ukrainian and Russian governments are now blaming on each other for the crash in this time when there has been dispute and war at the borders between these two nations, an international investigation has been called on by United Nations to find out the exact truth behind this.

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The plane is a Boeing 777, and carried 283 passengers and 15 crew members (over 10 nationalities). It was believed to be shot down when it was cruising at about 30 000 ft altitude. Some local people witnessed and even captured videos showing moment when the plane crashed onto the ground with thick plume of smoke coming off seen far away on a field. I was deeply saddened and traumatized after seeing some of the images and watching some of the clips showing the crash site. Highly disturbing. If it is indeed confirmed that the plane was shot down, the perpetrators should be brought to justice without any question. All involved or affected nations (Russia, Ukraine, Malaysia, United States, Netherlands, United Kingdom) should cooperate to get to the bottom on this matter.

This is the second aviation tragedy for the Malaysia Airlines in this year alone, as this crash came not long after an incident on March 8 this year when another Malaysia Airlines plane MH370 flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing disappeared. The plane was presumed to have crashed on the Indian Ocean,but till now, no wreckage or any sign of the plane has been found yet, and everything remains a mystery. I hope the truth will be revealed very soon to both MH370 and this recent MH17 tragedies as the world needs the answer, particularly the next-of-kin of the passengers on board the two doomed flights. Malaysia Airlines is in very deep trouble this year.

I couldn’t believe this happened. Another tragic aviation-related news in this already tragic year for Malaysia. This is horrifying and shocking. Now, unfortunately, Malaysia is becoming the headlines of all major news organizations around the world for the second time this year alone for something this devastating again. This Friday and weekend is no longer happy for all of us. We felt the pain, we felt the sadness, we felt the tragedy. Now, we share a moment of silence for MH17.

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Rest in peace, MH17. 

(Information and images in this post are from various sources throughout the world wide web)

 

Went to ARCHIDEX 2014 on its last day today.

Posted in Awesome Buildings, Structures, Skylines or Architecture with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 28, 2014 by vincentloy

The 15th International Architecture, Interior Design and Building Exhibition (ARCHIDEX) 2014 took place at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (usual spot every year) this year from 25th to 28th June. Organized together with the exhibition are the DATUM Design Conference, Eco-Building Exhibition, some forums and also a newly held congress themed ‘Rejuvenation’. This is the annual event I have been continuously attending, and this is my fourth time visiting the exhibition.

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So, I’m quite familiar with what I shall do in the exhibition; going around all the booths in the exhibition halls and getting all brochures and catalogues, and if possible, together with goodie bags and some free gifts like pens or note books. It has also been made easier for me to enter as I do not need to complete any registration as I already received express tag earlier. This year, I think there are more companies involved in the event, and hence the greater number of booths and also bigger areas of halls covered for the exhibition. Here’s the official website of the exhibition: http://www.archidex.com.my/.

As usual, there are booths promoting doors, windows, glass, hardwares, softwares, outdoor and indoor elements, tiles, finishing, wood, roofing, paints, sanitary fittings, books, and all the other related products or technologies related to architecture, interior design, building construction and engineering fields. Me and my colleague were getting tired as time passes as we took more and more bags and brochures. Now, I’m taking some time to read through those catalogues we have taken and to check on which ones are interesting. However, the most delighted thing would still be the free gifts we can find from those bags.

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We spent about two hours for the exhibition. Hmm…many booth’s staff approached to us trying to brief us on their products but we just don’t have time for most of them. Sorry…Lastly, we also managed to glance through some of the presentation works (finalists of some kind of architecture competitions) displayed outside several exhibition halls before leaving. Then, only after that, we thought of going for movie ‘Transformers 4′ (just out yesterday) at Suria KLCC. You can check out my movie review of that particular film in my previous post. And for all that, the worst thing is that I have spent RM30 alone for the parking fee. That’s shockingly high and unreasonable. I’m not like parking my car there for whole day!

On the other hand, tomorrow marks the beginning of Ramadhan, the fasting month for the Muslims before celebrating Hari Raya. Here, I would like to take this opportunity to wish all Muslims (particularly my Malay friends and colleagues) a wonderful Ramadhan! Raya is coming soon….

Around KLCC again spotting construction progress of new buildings.

Posted in Awesome Buildings, Structures, Skylines or Architecture with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 18, 2014 by vincentloy

Since I was there watching a movie in Suria KLCC shopping mall yesterday, it just gave me a good opportunity to just easily walk out of the mall and enjoy the view of Kuala Lumpur’s city centre and its surrounding. This allowed me to check on some new buildings under construction now around the iconic Petronas Twin Towers, which still stand today as the world’s tallest twin buildings.

First of all is the Le Nouvel. It is a twin tower comprising of a 49-storey and a 43-storey residential buildings connected by a skybridge. It is located besides K Residence and also Petronas Twin Towers across Jalan Ampang. Very strategic location. It is designed by a famous French architect; Jean Nouvel whom had won Pritzker Prize in 2008 (highest architecture honor). Le Nouvel are now topped out and I guess the highest tower should have reached above 200 metres. I was curious why there isn’t any official height data of this twin residential buildings on the internet. The interesting parts of this project are the skybridge (reminiscent of the Petronas Twin Towers’ one) and also the facade treatment. I was quite in shock looking at the original rendering of the buildings that shown them covered up with excessive vertical landscaping. It would makes the building horrible especially when no proper maintenance is done. Looking from the buildings now that are almost completed (very fast construction pace), I guessed those random white boxes are the planters. Hope it will beautifies the buildings rather than turning it ugly. A simple narrow and tall rectangular cube structure can be nice too once interesting treatment is given to its facades. Shown below is the Le Nouvel besides the K Residence (202m).

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Next is the Ilham Baru Tower. This can be considered a tall skyscraper since it has 64 floors and is projected to be built with a height of 298 metres (nearing 300m mark). It is designed by famous English architect, Norman Foster (awarded Pritzker Prize too in 1999) and is located near Citibank Tower and The Troika Tower (also designed by Norman Foster). Its sheer size and impressive height makes it clearly visible from far even when it is not topping out yet now. Should be topping out by third quarter of the year. Shown below is the Ilham Baru Tower behind the Troika Towers (Malaysia’s current highest residential building at 204m).

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Next is the Naza Towers (twin towers again). The Tower 1 (highest) would have 50 floors with the height of 273 metres including the spire. The shorter tower (38 floors) will be owned by Lembaga Tabung Haji. This project is located at Platinum Park, near Felda Tower and Binjai Residences. It is designed by local architecture firm; RSP Architects. The three projects mentioned above are all scheduled to be completed next year. Shown below in the background is the Naza Towers behind the Binjai Residences and besides the Felda Tower (216m) on the left. Also in the image at the front is the construction site of Four Seasons Place (refer next paragraph).

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Last spotted construction (very hard to see this actually because there isn’t any structure rising yet but it is so near to KLCC); Four Seasons Place. It is a 65-storey building comprises of apartments and a hotel. Once completed, it would reach the height of 343m. That’s a tall skyscraper coming soon to dominate its surrounding skyline along with Petronas Twin Towers. After going through several design revision in several years, its construction finally commenced last year. It was once another twin buildings with weird design but then fortunately, it is now converted to a single structure with better design. Very slow progress and nothing rising up yet from the ground. It is scheduled to be completed in 2017. Long wait to go.

Overall view from KLCC Park:

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A visit to this place is never complete without taking this picture (452m tall Petronas Twin Towers and 267m tall Petronas Tower 3 on the left):

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Conclusion: KL still has a lot of space for more buildings to enhance the skyline, but the question is; do we need more office space as it is only a small city of about 2 million population?

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Farewell to LCCT, KLIA2 now fully opened.

Posted in Breathtaking News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 9, 2014 by vincentloy

KLIA2 (stands for Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2) is finally opened early this month after years of problems like increasing budget, construction delays and multiple defects in the past. This new terminal that could handle 45 million passengers per year (in comparison to 25 million for KLIA and 15 million for LCCT) is specially built to accommodate increasing usage of low-cost carriers locally and internationally. With its biggest user, AirAsia moving in to the new airport today, it’s time to say goodbye to LCCT! LCCT, you are now out of the picture! It will be now changed to a cargo terminal.

LCCT (low-cost carrier terminal) situated nearby KLIA too had been operating for around 8 years. It is more like a huge factory building, with poor facilities (air-conditioning, counters, etc). I have been there several times. I always feel not comfortable and suffocating inside LCCT, as it is always crowded with people. AirAsia is expanding so quick that the terminal couldn’t hold the increasing volume of passengers anymore. Hence, there came the idea and realization of KLIA2. Yup…Malaysians are now in favour more on low-cost flight than spending extra on Malaysia Airlines, especially now after the MH370 incident. KLIA now must be emptier than ever.

Except than the predicted chaos on the first few days of KLIA2’s operation (typical to newly opening airport), the new airport has been receiving very positive feedbacks. The huge terminal (measured to be over 250 000 square metres) is now very spacious and looks contemporary (this is what airport should looks like even for low-cost usage). The facilities are all good (I hope it lasts long). And the best thing of this new airport is that it has over 30 000 square metres of space for over 220 retail outlets too. Hence, you would feel like you are in a mall rather than in an airport. Enjoy and relax before or after your flight.

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I still didn’t know whether all the retail spaces (shops and restaurants) have been fully opened as I have not been there yet. Kindly update me if you have visited the airport. But just by looking at the pictures above, the airport looks great! I think I would be heading there on this coming Hari Raya break for an oversea trip. Still in planning now. Anyway, the airport also has over 6000 covered parking lots as compared to the 3000 outdoor parking lots from LCCT last time. That’s a double increase. Good. Last time, everytime I was leaving LCCT, I would see extremely long stretch of cars parked by the side of the roads leading to the terminal as far as 1 kilometre away. Crazy.

It’s a good thing that KLIA2 (built at a cost of approximately RM 4 billion) is now fully operational. It is the world’s largest airport purposely built to cater for low-cost carriers and it is designed also with future capacity expansion capability. It has 60 depature gates, 8 remote stands, 80 aerobridges, and a new 4-km long airplane runway. The terminal comes with a 141.3 metres tall air traffic control tower, making it the tallest of its kind in the world too. The main terminal building is connected with its satellite piers with a skybridge, making it the first airport in Asia of such facility. KLIA2 is connected to KLIA (2-km away) by a railway line. The airport is also certified in Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED). That’s some of the achievements for KLIA2.

Looking forward to visit this new airport terminal soon. You may share your first time experience in KLIA2 at here too. And last but not least; Bye, LCCT!

(Information and images in this post are from various sources throughout the world wide web)

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