In recent years, more and more skyscrapers have gradually invaded the city center of Kuala Lumpur under the development of Malaysia‘s government.
The height of these skyscrapers is generally more than 200 meters, most of them are office buildings, apartments, and hotels. Since skyscrapers are a symbol of economic development and technology, these projects have attracted worldwide attention from the beginning of construction.
The most eye-catching among skyscrapers is the Merdeka PNB118 built by the National Investment Agency (PNB) with a total of 7 billion ringgits and is expected to be completed in 2021.
The PNB118 building has a height of 644 meters and a total of 118 floors. Upon completion, the structure will become the second tallest building in the world and will replace the KLCC towers as the tallest building in Malaysia.
The building will consist of 100 storeys of rentable space, including 83 storeys of office space, 12 storeys of hotel rooms, 5 storeys of hotel residences and a retail business center. The non-rentable space consists of elevators, recreational and maintenance facilities, as well as parking spaces for up to 8,500 cars.
The tower is designed with a mixture of diamond-shaped facets to signify the diversity of Malaysians. The glass and steel building with its spire is said to resemble the raised hand of Tunku Abdul Rahman when he proclaimed the independence of Malaya.
The entire complex is being built in three phases. The first phase of development is the completion of the 118 floors of the building. The second phase will consist of a mall and park. Then, the third phase will add three residential towers to surround the main building.
The first and second phase is predicted to complete by 2021, while the third phase will only be completed in 2024.
At night, the tower will be lit up by light strips that connect the building’s geometric edges, giving it a different and futuristic vibe compared to the other buildings in KL.
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