More details revealed for the mysterious KL118 Tower

After giving my attention on several supertall skyscrapers under construction in China in my previous blog post, it’s time to shift back the focus to one supertall also currently undergoing construction back in my home city, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It is the controversial KL118 Tower. Why I said it is controversial? Because the project is receiving much more criticism than praise from the citizens regarding the need of the city for another supertall building. People also questioned that the budget (over RM 5 billion) allocated for it may be of better use in other areas. It is also criticized for its location as the site of the project is in the vicinity of many heritage buildings (Petaling Street, Stadium Merdeka, Stadium Negara, Methodist Boys School, Victoria Institution, etc) and the tower and its surrounding proposed complex development will leaves huge impact and further heavy traffic to the area.

Whatever the criticisms are, the project is given the nod to proceed but not much details are publicized about the tower since then. The KL118 Tower makes up part of a complex of development known as Warisan Merdeka (Heritage Independence) development that also includes residential towers, shopping mall, etc. The tower itself has 118 floors, and will easily surpass Petronas Twin Towers (452 metres high) as the tallest building in Malaysia. There has been speculations till now over the final height of the tower. Previously, it is tipped to be slightly over 500 metres. Then, the height is revised to allow the building to go taller without adding more floors by amending the design of the spire, the finishing crown to the skyscraper.

So, what’s the height it would be? Based on the elevations or sections drawings available (leaked online), the building will be slightly over 600 metres. The height indicated from the ground floor is at about 75 metres till the top showing 715 metres. Hence, after the reduction, the building will reach full height of 640 metres. However, I think the structure / antenna above the spire will not be counted as the architectural height of the building. Hence, the final height of the tower would be about 610 metres. And there is a feeling in me that I think the tower will be of 615.7 metres (2020 feet high) in the end, to coincide with Wawasan (Vision) 2020; the year 2020 of which we targeted to achieve the high-income / developed nation status for Malaysia. It is also the year the tower would be opened to the public after its estimated completion in 2019.

Official renderings of KL118 Tower:




3D works of KL118 Tower by other parties:




Ā (Renderings by Atifnadzir,Ā 

Scale comparison of KL118 Tower (third from left) with other built supertall skyscrapers in the world. Petronas Twin Towers are on the most right:




Architectural drawings (plan, sections & elevations) of KL118 Tower. Here you can see quite clearly how the spire looks like, and the observation and viewing sky decks occupy four floors of the tower. And there’s a restaurant on level 113! :








Current site condition ( 2014 – 2019, now still construction at foundation and base level, long way to go):


When completed, it will be one of the top ten tallest buildings in the world (probably in 6th or 7th place). Now, after seeing more images / renderings of the tower, what is your thought on its design which is obviously based on diamond. KL118 Tower (I think the name will change later on when it is opened) is designed by Fender Katsalidis Architects, an Australian architectural firm. It’s a nice, sleek and futuristic design, but I hope that they can do more on its elevations and its top part which is a bit boring. It is not as appealing or as impressive if compared to Petronas Twin Towers besides than its height. Still, KL118 Tower would be a good addition to the skyline of KL.

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



25 thoughts on “More details revealed for the mysterious KL118 Tower

  1. Does the diagram say the top of the spire is 715 m or 713 m, I zoomed in but I couldn’t tell and the one next to it says if i’m not mistaken 681.6 m whys that?

    • Dear Hafiz, the height of the building in architectural is 610 metres. There is a bit of antenna on top of the spire that will not count into the final building height as it is not an architectural element. It is shown over 700++ metres in the drawing because it is measured from the sea level. notice the ground level starts at almost 100 metres already.

    • which rendering is yours? by the way, I need your original source link and please be informed that in the end of the post, it has already been stated that the images are from other sources, hence I do not claim that the renderings are mine.

      • Okay. noted and the post is updated with referencing of your name. May I know are you associated formally to this project or are just doing the rendering on your own?

      • Thank you!Im doing this on my own because i love architecture and follow greater kl facebook page for more construction picture around the admin n founder of the page šŸ˜ƒ.keep supporting us!

      • And yea…same with me, I’m in love with architecture and skyscrapers since when I was a child. Now, I’m already a degree graduate in architecture, worked for 3 years in an architecture firm, and soon to continue on my master of architecture study. nice to chat with u by the way.

      • Ahh…i did liked and followed your page at Facebook. Nice to see many construction progress images from there. By the way, did you notice that there are quite a number of highrise buildings in KL (completed or under-construction) not even listed in the Skyscraper Center, the official tall building database. Just find it weird and wish to share with you at this moment.

      • just read your update,think you missed place the rendering is the 2 rendering that you mention ”3D works of KL118 Tower by other parties:”not the official one..and for your info,the two rendering on top of your articles is not the official was rendering by other party which involved nearby development site called Opus development

      • Noted. I edited the post again. By the way, did you get to know more details of the tower? it’s construction progress is quite slow in these few years and it has to be completed in 2019. and also, there isn’t even any official website of the project yet eventhough it’s already started construction. the authority still wants to keep this secretive.

  2. Hi Vincent,

    Was trying to find out more about the whole development plan (retail, underground walkway etc). There is 1 in your post but cant really see clearly. Do you have the hi res or any other updated sources? Thanks!

    • Dear Wee Jen, the images in my post are the only drawings I can find from the internet so far regarding the project since more info about it remains confidential to the involved parties. It is very weird to have this project being kept so secretive after so many years, even when it has already started foundation works. I also do wish to find more plans of the tower but failed.

  3. Im not beeing greedy or foolish.. but, in my opinion, last time we hold the records of worlds tallest buildins, then it was taken by taipei and dubai. I think we should officially take that records back by making the tower slightly over 1 kilometer to defeat the kingdom tower in jeddah.. like seriously, whatsup with the 640 metres.. it would be better if the government make it over 900m.. šŸ˜¦ still, we should expect more from the tower by the year 2020.. i do think Malaysia needs to have the record back so tht the environment and tourist attraction is better. šŸ™‚

    • Thats truee bro.. but we still need to plan thoroughly though.. need to consider the ground whether it can withstand the weight and pressure of the tower.. this is kinda good actually


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