I never knew I could fall in love with a building. Yes, you read it right. A Non-living, non-movable, concrete Building! Not just one, they are twins which makes it even better 😉
PETRONAS the twin sky scraper in the heart of the city of Kuala Lumpur. She’s the crown jewel of the town. I tell you, She is an absolute BEAUTY!
Now, lemme give you an idea of her features and looks ;). For starter she is known by different names Twin Towers, KLCC Towers, Petronas Towers, Menara Pertronas/ Menara Berkembar Petronas in local tongue (Bahasa/Malay).
An American Architect designed her curves and edges in 1992 , planning went for an Year. It took 6 years from construction to Inauguration in 1999. you see, she was not easy 🙂
She is built with tons and tons of iron, mortar, sand and covered in glass that doubles the beauty reflecting the sky.
She stands 88 floors tall which is approx. 450 m that is 1482ft ( I very vaguely remember the numbers. But I am sure I am not too off 😛 ) with 5 level of basements . She has 78 lifts running through her. She has a sky bridge like extended arms, holding hands with an identical twin. She has a sort of ring like structure near her neck that looks beautiful. As you see higher up there are edges like a star above the ring. When she’s fully lit in the night, she shines like a bright diamond, very majestic.
Sky Bridge : The beauty of this sky bridge is that, it is not attached to the Buildings on either side. There is more than a 7 inch gap between where the bridge starts and the building. Mainly because the towers tend to lightly sway in different directions to the wind at high speed (I did not know this could happen) and the bridge may break if it is attached to the buildings. There’s an inverted ‘V’ that connects from the center of the bridge to the buildings on either side. This sky walk is a double decker. I mean ,it connects both 41 and 42 levels on both towers. Length of this bridge is 50 m that is 190ft long, weighs about 750 tons. An amazing fact about this bridge is that, it was pulled to its place after both the towers were built , like this was a finishing touch.
Pinnacles: Finally the pinnacles. Top of each tower has a pinnacle which is 73.5m (241ft ) long. It doesn’t look like it is that tall but it is. These stand on the head of each tower like a crown. There is an interesting fact about these as well, that is both these pinnacles are built in two different places. One was built in Japan, another in Korea. They look exactly same , at least from the pictures.
It is open for public to go to the bridge, then they take you to level 80’s (m not sure, maybe it is 84). You can look out through glass windows on both these levels. You can also go to the last level (I think all the way to 86) but then there are no glass windows to see out. This level was kind of boring to me, with just a small shop selling souvenirs and there were some sofas to sit. I had been in 8.15 PM slot. Oh! I did not mention; you need to buy a ticket 40RM (ringgits) per head for adults. You’ll have to pick your slot, book the tickets and they take you in a group of 20. There’s one big Lift that takes all 20 people till the sky walk . Then there are two smaller ones to go up higher.
One of the nights when I was in KL , I got this beautiful view from my hotel. It was around 1 Am in the night, She was poorly lit, it was very calm and there was moonlight. There was a thin layer of could slowly passing by this beauty: The clouds were unbelievably low. Her lights looked faded through the thin cloud but still bright from the moonlight. It was a beautiful sight and it is etched in my eyes.
Many times I along with my friend would go for a walk , sit in front of these towers for long time. I was very surprised to see many many people come there in the late nights and spend time, share feelings, talk, hold hands, walk together or just sit and breathe , may be find peace.
She’s an unforgettable beauty in my life and will remain special for me!
Here’s her version of thoughts! (With the poem here this would be very long. So I had to keep it separate)
Some more of her pics!