Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia



The Demographics
of Malaysia


Population of 28,250,500



44th most populated country in
the world


5.72

million Malaysians live
in

East Malaysia



22.5

million live in

Peninsular
Malaysia


The population distribution is
uneven, with some 20 million of
28

million citizens concentrated
in

Peninsular Malaysia, that has
an area of 131,598 square
kilometres (50,810.27 sq

mi).


Major Cities


Kuala Lumpur

is the capital and largest city of Malaysia


Although many executive and judicial branches of the federal
government have moved to

Putrajaya, Kuala Lumpur is the seat
of the

Parliament of Malaysia, making it the country's legislative
capital


Johor
Bahru

is the second largest city and second largest urban
area in the country. It is close to

Singapore, and receives more
than 60% of the country's annual 16 million foreign tourists


George Town, situated in the state of

Penang, is the third largest
city and fifth largest urban area in Malaysia. It used to be
Malaysia's largest city until the 1970s when Kuala Lumpur
became the capital.


Petronas Towers


Designed by Argentine architect

César Pelli

and Filipino
-
Malaysian Engineer

Deejay
Cerico



Started in 1992 & ended in 1998


Cost $1.6 billion


Has 88 floors & 78 elevators


It was later surpassed by the Taipei 101 Tower



Design


Because of the depth of the

bedrock, the buildings
were built on the world's deepest foundations.



All 88
-
floor of the towers are constructed largely of
reinforced

concrete, with a steel and glass facade
designed to resemble motifs found in

Islamic art


Due to a lack of steel and the huge cost of importing
steel, the towers were constructed on a cheaper radical
design of super high
-
strength reinforced concrete



Skybridge


between the two towers on 41st and 42nd floors



highest 2
-
story bridge in the world


It is not attached to the main structure, but is
designed to slide in and out to prevent it from
breaking



It also provides some structural support to the towers
for when they sway several feet

in towards and away
from each other during high winds



The bridge is 170

m (558

ft) above the ground and
58

m (190

ft) long, weighing 750 tons


Events


Thousands of people were evacuated on 12 September
2001 after a bomb threat was phoned in the day after
9/11


4 November 2005, a fire broke out in the

cinema
complex

of the
Suria

KLCC shopping centre below the
Petronas Towers, there was no injuries


morning of 1 September 2009,

French

urban
climber,

Alain "Spiderman" Robert, using only his bare
hands and feet and with no safety devices, scaled to
the top of Tower Two in just under 2 hours after two
previous efforts had ended in arrest


Fun Facts


The

Petronas

Towers were the tallest buildings in the world
for six years, until Taipei 101 was completed in 2004


Tower 2 ran into problems when it was discovered that it
was leaning 25 millimeters off from vertical



The
skybridge

is open to all visitors, but tickets are limited
to about 1000 people per day


Visitors are only allowed on the 41st floor as the 42nd floor
can only be used by the tenants of the building


The
skybridge

also acts as a safety device, so that in the
event of a fire or other emergency in one tower, tenants can
evacuate by crossing the
skybridge

to the other tower



Remain the

tallest twin buildings

in the world ever built,
surpassing the

World Trade Center







The
Pretronas

Towers are located in Kuala
Lumpur,

Malaysia


Remains the largest Twin Tower building in the world



Cost

$1.6 billion


Is currently 1,483

ft tall


Designed by César Pelli