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One almost done, one has half way to go, and one is still on ground. Updates on three supertall construction projects in Kuala Lumpur.

Posted in Architectural Territory with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 24, 2017 by vincentloy

Kuala Lumpur is ranked among one of the best city skylines in the world. It gained such recognition due to its splendid array of clustered buildings topped with the iconic Petronas Twin Towers and KL Tower. However, the city skyline is going to further transform, thanks to the many new skyscrapers currently being built in the city. They are going to immensely impact the city skyline due to their enormous heights. The city won’t look the same after every few years and I look forward to see more tall and nice-looking buildings being constructed in the city.

Here are the 3 supertall skyscraper projects in Kuala Lumpur that are receiving high attention and shown together are their latest construction images. Render is shown for each project below too. Supertall building refers to a building that exceeds 300 metres in height.

1.Four Seasons Place. 

It is a 65-storeys mixed use tower currently under construction besides the Petronas Twin Towers. Once completed, it will have a final height of 343 metres. It will contain a hotel, serviced residences and a shopping mall at the podium. After undergoing multiple delays and design changes in the past, the tower has now finally rising quickly. It has structurally topped out not long ago and the work on the building’s crown has started. It will top out architecturally before last quarter of the year and will open next year. Once completed, it will be the third tallest building in the country, right after the two twin towers that sat beside it. Now, it has already made the twin towers to look not as tall as in the past eventhough it is still shorter than them by a little over 100 metres.

 

This one is ALMOST DONE.

2. TRX Exchange 106 Tower. 

It is a 106-storeys office tower currently under construction at the Tun Razak Exchange site. Once completed, this new region will become the financial hub of the city. Once completed, the tower will have a final height of 452 metres. It surprisingly will have the same height as the Petronas Twin Towers. You may wonder that it should be taller than the twin towers since it almost has over 20 floors more than the twin towers? Nope. It’s because this TRX Tower has no spire to add up to its height. The construction for this tower is very fast and it has now already half way to its top. It has now already making a huge impact to the city’s skyline. The highlight of the tower will be its crystalline crown.

This one is HALF WAY TO FINISH.

3. PNB118 Merdeka Tower.

It is a 118-storeys office tower currently under construction on the lot bordering the historical Stadium Merdeka and Stadium Negara in Kuala Lumpur. It is just right opposite my former secondary school, the Methodist Boys School KL. Once completed, it will be the tallest building in the country as well as among the top five tallest buildings in the world at a height of 644 metres. It will surpass the height of Shanghai Tower (632 metres), One World Trade Center (541 metres), Taipei 101 (508 metres) and many other skyscrapers across the world. However, its construction has been very slow and I read a news somewhere that it experienced problem with its foundation. I predict that it will be completed by 2020 or 2021. It will reach this immense height of over 600 metres due to its very long spire at the top.

 

This one is still not rising and is STILL ON GROUND WORK.

Hoping to see great progress from these skyscraper projects once I’m back to KL end of this year.

(Images in this post are from skyscrapercity.com forum webpages)

Walkabout around KLCC for a good look on skyscrapers.

Posted in Architectural Territory with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 3, 2015 by vincentloy

Today, I was free and I decided to go for a walk around Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC) region to gaze on the many tall buildings clustered in that area. I think I’m the only one that would purposely do this due to my strong interest on skyscrapers. This particular stretch of place where I took photographs of buildings is somewhere in between Jalan Tun Razak intersection and Petronas Twin Towers. It’s a gloomy day and I managed to take these images before the heavy downpour in the afternoon just now.

Ilham Baru Tower – under construction (topped out), height about 270-300 metres tall, among tallest in the city, looks a bit like Hong Kong’s Bank of China Tower with the zig-zag pattern, I like the shading devices (can see in the pictures below) of which from a bit further away, you will not see the shading devices. They blend in to the glass cladding of the whole structure.

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Troika Towers – 3 towers of residences by famous architect, Norman Foster, the tallest residential building in Malaysia at over 200 metres for the highest tower, I like the distinctive and sculptural appeal of the design.

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View of iconic buildings from left to right: KL Tower (telecommunication and sightseeing tower of 421 metres high), Petronas Tower 3 (above 260 metres high), and Petronas Twin Towers (world’s tallest twin buildings at 452 metres).

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Naza Tower – under construction (topped out, spire still not installed), a height of over 270 metres including spire, like the smoothness of the facade.

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Felda Tower with the already mentioned Naza Tower at the back. Felda Tower – over 210 metres tall, the roof ‘capping’ is ‘light’ and interesting, the cut-in portion that runs all the way to the top also looks good.

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The tower’s base has a green wall feature. Wonderful.

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The Oval – twin tower of residences, all glass around.

 

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The Intermark – previously named Empire Tower, over 230 metres tall, I like the slim design of the building which is already there over 20 years ago.

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A bunch of shorter buildings (residential) nearby.

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From left to right: Le Nouvel Towers and K Residences, both are over 200 metres tall and are right besides the Petronas Twin Towers.

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Le Nouvel – under construction (topped out), designed by famous architect Jean Nouvel, looks interesting with the hanging planter boxes (some already with plants as can be seen below) that realizes the ‘vertical garden’ concept, there is also a skybridge!

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Front, you will see the under-construction Four Seasons Place – expected to be over 340 metres high and be the third tallest in Malaysia once completed.

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View of the city from KLCC Park. Seen at the back is the under-construction Banyan Tree Signatures which is expected to reach height of about 240m when completed.

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You can see Ilham Baru Tower, Troika Towers, Citibank Tower, Felda Tower, The Oval, PNB Building, Naza Tower and Binjai Residences in the picture below.

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This collection of photos would not be complete with some shots of the iconic Petronas Twin Towers. Also visible in the image below is KL Tower.

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From left to right: Petronas Tower 3, Petronas Twin Towers, Maxis Tower, Le Nouvel, K Residences. Would not be bored after looking at these pictures for hundreds of time.

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Just about a decade ago, this adjacent area nearby to the twin towers is quite empty with only few highrises scattered around many low-rise buildings (many are decades old). Fortunately, the growth of the city is quite steady over the years and we observed more new towering buildings being constructed in this region (many are even over 200m tall respectively). The density of buildings in this area kept on increasing and it’s good to enhance the overall city skyline of Kuala Lumpur to be one of the best in the world.

(Copyrights reserved to all the images above which were taken by me in early August 2015. Kindly ask for permission if you want to use any of the images in this post)

Around KLCC again spotting construction progress of new buildings.

Posted in Architectural Territory 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?

(Images in this post are copyright reserved)

KLCC and its surrounding.

Posted in Architectural Territory with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 21, 2013 by vincentloy

Yesterday I went to Suria KLCC, which is one of the malls I least visited in Kuala Lumpur. Reason? Expensive parking fees and not many good places to dine in the mall as compared to other nearby malls particularly in Bukit Bintang region like Pavilion KL and Berjaya Times Square. Besides than having a dinner, watching a movie, and reading architecture books at Kinokuniya bookstore, I also took the very seldom opportunity I have to walk around Petronas Twin Towers and its surrounding.

Why? That’s my favourite part. I got to observe the many cluster of buildings nearby there and analyse their design. Sounds so professional. Haha…It’s just my interest to look at buildings since architecture has been part of my life for several years already. Have you checked out my previous blog’s post here that Petronas Twin Towers are no doubt one of the world’s most famous landmarks (perhaps in top 20). Many people would love to see it, and I got to see it everyday since it’s only few kilometres away from my home. But we, locals, usually seldom take pictures of things we see in common here.

That’s not the case for me yesterday. I observed quite a wonderful surrounding of the KLCC (Kuala Lumpur City Centre) region with skyscrapers and parks and so I took some photographs, acting like I was one of the tourists. There are quite a number of new buildings constructed surrounding KLCC especially luxurious apartment buildings and some other buildings in construction which made the built environment a bit much denser which is good as a sign of the city developing. Nevertheless, the KLCC park still remains as a vital green ‘heart’ of the capital city. Enjoy the breathtaking pictures I took yesterday;

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(View from KLCC Park – you can see Citibank Tower, Troika Tower (current tallest residential building in Malaysia designed by Norman Foster), PNB Tower, The Oval Residence, and newly-built Felda Tower)

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(View from KLCC Park to the newly-built Petronas Tower 3, Petronas Twin Towers which are former world’s tallest buildings and still the current world’s tallest twin buildings, and Maxis Tower)

 

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The one that got my attention the most during the short walk-around I had yesterday is a surprisingly quick construction of a twin residential buildings right besides the Petronas Twin Towers and the K Residence Tower (as shown in last image above). After a further research of the project, I found out that the twin-tower complex is designed by famous foreign architect, Jean Nouvel and both the towers are going to be 49 and 43 storeys high respectively. The two towers are now rising tall to be the new companion of the iconic Petronas Twin Towers. I’m also glad that there are more and more involvement of famous international architects into new projects here in Kuala Lumpur.

(The images in this post are my own property. Kindly acknowledge me and reference it if you wish to re-use one or all of the images on other sites.) 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, William and Kate concluded their tour in Malaysia today.

Posted in Explosive News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 16, 2012 by vincentloy

Today is the end of the three-days Diamond Jubilee tour to Malaysia by Prince William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. They would fly to Solomon Island today to continue their Asia-Pacific tour representing Queen Elizabeth II for her diamond jubilee celebration marking sixty years of Prince William’s grandmother to the throne of United Kingdom. How lovely that we have the very much talked about royal couple, William and Kate to come to Malaysia for an official visit that ended today. I have written a post regarding the beginning of their visit few days earlier and now I would post more photos of their visit taken from The Star Online Gallery.

Prince William had spoken that he and Kate are extremely delighted to be in Malaysia. However, I find that their days here are too short and definitely insufficient enough for them to truly enjoy and experience the beauty and uniqueness of Malaysia. Hope that they would come again in near future, perhaps not in official visit that comes in tight schedule as observed in this recent tour. From this visit also do we learnt that William dislikes durian as introduced by our Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak in a luncheon hosted on the first day (last Thursday) the royal couple arrived in the capital, Kuala Lumpur.

And so, Kate had been complimented over the delivery of her first oversea speech at Hospis Malaysia. And she is further praised in showing respect by wearing hijab (a scarf over head) during their visit to the mosque at KLCC Park on Friday’s morning. Both of them also took off their shoes in respect of the rules in entering mosque. The most happening thing is that over thousand of people gathered at KLCC Park to catch a glimpse of the royal couple who had around half an hour with the crowd there for some time of quick chat and hand shaking. That is very generous of them. They then enjoyed a short cultural performance in the park before leaving to nearby Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre for a business luncheon hosted by British Malaysian Chamber of Commerce when Prince William delivered his speech.

Earlier, the royal couple had also attended a dinner with the King of Malaysia (Yang Di-Pertuan Agong) in the newly-built National Palace on Thursday’s evening. The royal couple looked so elegant during their three-days visit in Malaysia, particularly Kate who still looks very stunning despite on simple dress wore on the day they were at KLCC Park. Yesterday, they were in Sabah to visit Danum Valley, their final stop in Malaysia before flying off to Solomon Island today to continue their tour. At the valley where a primary Borneo tropical rainforest is located, both of them jungle-trekked and even had a walk through a long hanging canopy in the rainforest. That’s the time for them to enjoy the beauty of rainforest in Malaysia. Today is the end of their much anticipated visit in Malaysia and let’s hope that they left this place with memorable and delighted feeling to return once again soon.

(For more images of their visit in Malaysia, you can find more from The Star Online Gallery and even from many other sources reporting this visit also).

Going through the Bukit Bintang – KLCC Pedestrian Walkway the first time…

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 20, 2012 by vincentloy

After a round of two movies straight and a dinner in Pavilion KL just now, I decided to take a walk to KLCC Park by using the newly-constructed air-conditioned pedestrian bridge which spans over 1 kilometre long. I heard about it from the news of its opening not long ago by the Prime Minister under the urban development plans of the city of Kuala Lumpur. So, that must be a good project to gain more support to the current government.

The bridge is still in a very good condition, generally because it is still new. The floor is squeaky clean, the air-conditioners are working, and all the lightings are sufficient. It’s comfortable walking in the bridge, but in the same time, I’m feeling tired too since it’s quite a lengthy walk from Pavilion to KLCC which stops at KLCC Convention Centre. There are quite a number of people using the bridge, which is proven to be beneficial to the people of the city, helping them to avoid the stuffy outdoor environment and the hectic noisy traffic on roads.

It’s also good to have a number of security personnels on duty along the bridge, to prevent any robbery or to disallow beggars to loiter  along the comfy walkway. They can be useful for asking directions too, since the long walkway bridge is not in one straight route but is also split out into few routes in each end. There are also very few advertisement boards placed along the bridge, as not to block view to the outside which is also limited somehow by the exterior structural framing of the bridge itself. Before I reach the end where KLCC is, I told my friend that there must be a ‘Satu Malaysia’ sign at the end of route to remind us support the current government that provided us with such facility. But that little bit of good stuff still won’t change my final perception after all.

Overall, it’s a great and a useful addition to the city, but the budget allocated for this project is extremely high and unreasonable for reasons we all know silently. Let’s just hope that this bridge is maintained well for a long term usage to the people of the city which would definitely facilitates their movement while providing a comfy indoor walking environment. It would be better if they provide travelator (automatic moving walkway) in the bridge as well, so the users don’t need to walk that long….

(The pictures from this post are from this source: http://forum.lowyat.net/topic/2204808/all)

Earth Hour 2010 in Malaysia…

Posted in Explosive News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 28, 2010 by vincentloy

Yesterday is the night when the Earth Hour 2010 was held, many iconic buildings and landmarks participated by turning off their non-essential lights for one hour between 8.30 to 9.30pm. In Malaysia, the famous former world tallest buildings and current world tallest twin buildings, Petronas Twin Towers and the sixth tallest telecommunication tower, KL Tower switched off lights for support to the global event. Everything on both structures turned into darkness except the flashing light which is essential.

There are some other office buildings in KL turned into darkness too. More buildings participated the event this time, and even in world level, the event is becoming more famous and grand in scale. I have managed to check out the turning off lights of KL Tower and Petronas Twin Towers, and even recorded the KLCC ones.

KL skyline before the Earth Hour 2010 begins.

KL skyline during Earth Hour 2010. (see the difference?)

Check out this video by shoeway72 from YouTube showing clear view of Petronas Twin Towers and Maxis Tower (besides) switching off the lights for the global event.

Malaysia will continue support the Earth Hour! We will!

Malaysia’s poster for Earth Hour 2010, contributed by Kaze Lee: (quite nice)