My city, Kuala Lumpur is considered slow in terms of construction boom compared to many cities in China or even in our neighbouring South East Asian countries. However, there are several (actually multiple) interesting skyscraper projects on-going (either in construction stage or still in proposal phase) in the city currently that deserve some attention worldwide.
Before I proceed, do you know that building above 150 metres high is classified as a tall skyscraper. Building above 300 metres is then called supertall skyscraper while megatall skyscraper refers to building beyond 600 metres high (currently only three buildings in the world are megatalls; Burj Khalifa, Shanghai Tower and Mecca Royal Clock Tower). Based on data available from Council of Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), Kuala Lumpur has about nearly 50 tall skyscrapers (above 150 metres high) with 3 of them being supertalls (Petronas Twin Towers as two and Telekom Tower). Kindly take note that KL Tower (421 metres high) is a telecommunication tower and hence, not to be included.
The present five tallest buildings in the city are (as of 2016):
1. Petronas Twin Tower 1 (452 metres, 88 floors)
2. Petronas Twin Tower 2 (452 metres, 88 floors)
3. Telekom Tower (310 metres, 55 floors)
4. Ilham Tower (274 metres, 64 floors)
5. Petronas Tower 3 (267 metres, 60 floors)
The five tallest buildings in the city are all beyond 250 metres mark. Wonderful. KL can be considered home to plenty of skyscrapers eventhough we still lose out to bigger cities like Hong Kong, New York, Chicago, Shanghai, Dubai, etc.
The five tallest buildings currently under construction in the city are (as of 2016):
1. KL118 Tower (644 metres, 118 floors, to be completed in 2020).
2. Fairmont Kuala Lumpur Tower 1 (370 metres, 78 floors, to be completed in 2019). (Surprised of very lack of real data of this project despite it is already under-construction now)
3. Four Seasons Place (343 metres, 65 floors, to be completed in 2018).
4. Fairmont Kuala Lumpur Tower 2 (278 metres, 71 floors, to be completed in 2018).
5. Banyan Tree Signatures (240 metres, 55 floors, to be completed in 2016, that’s this year!).
Glad that there are still many skyscraper projects under construction in the city despite the poor economic situation especially the current crisis in the country. Wishing for these buildings above to be finished quick.
The five tallest buildings proposed in the city are (as of 2016):
1. Tradewinds Square Tower A (608 – 775 metres, 110 – 150 floors). (Three unconfirmed designs shown below)
I personally prefer the first design; clean, simple yet elegant. The second and the third designs are average looking only.
2. Platinum Tower / TRX Signature Tower (430 metres, 90 floors). (Three unconfirmed designs shown below)
The first design looks like a shorter version of Shanghai Tower. Second one looks quite good while the third one charms from its crown treatment. Hard to choose if you ask me.
3. Oxley Tower 1 (380 metres, 83 floors).
4. Oxley Tower 2 (380 metres, 83 floors).
5. Tradewinds Square Tower B (288 metres, 61 floors).
Hoping to see at least some of the proposals above get to be materialized very soon. But like I said earlier, the economic downturn in our country currently is not looking good to ‘breath life’ into these amazing proposals. If most of these projects (under-construction or under proposal) are to be really completed in the next five or ten years, then Kuala Lumpur would become a much denser city with a more stunning skyline to enjoy in near future. I’m looking forward to that!
(Images in this post are from various sources throughout the world wide web)