KL’s growing skyline from past to the present, and a bit of what the city could offer in future in terms of its skyline.


I was caught in several traffic congestion along my route to return home at Cheras from Petaling Jaya just now after a meeting. Even when there is no traffic crawl at all (which is impossible on Friday’s afternoon), it would takes me at least 30 minutes to reach home. In fact, the journey just now took me one hour. But those traffic congestion actually gives me opportunity to take some time to observe the surrounding skylines of Kuala Lumpur as I pass through the city from Petaling Jaya to Cheras. From there, I realize how fast KL develops too, in terms of building construction and the ‘growing’ of the city’s skyline.

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Last time (I mean like only a decade or two ago), you can only see a group of buildings (with several tall ones) all located within a small vicinity of the city. The city area of KL is very small (population too) as compared to other major cities around the world. When I was a kid, I see KL Tower on my left, surrounded by several buildings which I found that those must have been there for quite some time. Old-looking. Mostly 80s architecture style in Malaysia. Then, the much appealing and futuristic-looking Petronas Twin Towers are on my right, on which I find that it stands out not only because of its incredible height but also of its surrounding that has very little buildings.

Now, it’s totally different. Not only did I find that there are many new buildings constructed recently (particularly modern and super expensive apartments near KLCC), but also I noticed the city is actually growing. I hardly see the lower part of Petronas Twin Towers now as the view has been blocked by several new buildings in front. Many areas within the city’s Golden Triangle also appeared to be much denser. The best view to notice that is to view the city from quite a close distance at the flyover from Kampung Pandan roundabout to Berjaya Times Square and Sungei Wang Plaza junction. Nearby, there is also this so-called proposed mega-project for a new city business and financial district called Tun Razak Exchange on which I believe is still under planning stage. No activities observed on that fenced site yet, but I am looking forward to this development.

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Another good news is that the city will have several new quite tall buildings in the future. Yes, I’m fascinated particularly by skyscrapers. The current number of highrises in KL is not much compared to other major cities like Hong Kong, Shanghai, New York, Chicago, or Dubai, and so I desired for more in my home city. KL is currently planning to have a new country’s tallest building, called Warisan Merdeka Tower but that has caused major criticism due to its location near to several historic landmarks of the city. The tower, expected to reach over 500 metres easily is much better to be placed somewhere else than on its current proposed location which is doubt going to impact negatively to its surrounding historical stadiums, schools, and the nearby Chinatown.

Not only did the city grows within its area itself, many developers now prefer to stretch out a bit further from the congested capital. The outcome; several new cluster of buildings (like forming their own baby-skyline) nearby the city centre. These areas are like KL Sentral area (nearest to city centre) – with many Grade-A office buildings very close to each other recently constructed in the region, Mid Valley area – new cluster of mostly glass-cladded buildings surrounding the megamall accompanying the impressive-looking Telekom Tower, and Mont Kiara area – home to many complex of office buildings and apartments nearby the new National Palace of Malaysia.

Few minutes ago, I have read an interesting article from this source: http://tendtotravel.com/2012/03/kuala-lumpurs-skyline-1960s/ , written by Amer that tells roughly how the KL’s skyline grows from 1960s to the present day. It’s an amazing article due to the simple yet engaging elaboration as well as depiction of many photographs of the city back in the olden days which are definitely hard-to-be-seen nowadays. Those historical images are priceless. You may click the link I put above to read the article too. Hmm…I would love to see KL to grow in much faster rate so that it would have much awesome and ‘wow’-looking skyline in near future, and also enable us to show off to the world one day how the capital of Malaysia is.

(Images in this post are from skyscrapercity forum page discussing on skyline of Kuala Lumpur city).

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2 Responses to “KL’s growing skyline from past to the present, and a bit of what the city could offer in future in terms of its skyline.”

  1. Bro, where is the skyline photo of KL taken?

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