"Reaching New Heights"
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The Petronas Towers
The Petronas Towers were officially proclaimed the tallest buildings in
the world by the the members of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban
Habitat on April 12, 1996. The colossal towers are located in Kuala
Cesar Pelli, one of the
firm's principals, became dean of architecture at Yale University,
Connecticut, in 1977. Other designs of Pelli's include the World Financial
Center in New York City.
"Very tall buildings enter into a realm
that many cultures consider sacred. In my native Spanish, 'sky' and
'heaven' are the same word."
Cesar Pelli (left)
Firm's other principal: Fred Clarke.
Project Manager:  Larry Ng.
Design team leader:  Jon
"We never set out to design the
world's tallest building...But as we went along and saw how close we were,
we started thinking'Why not?' "
- 450 meters(1,476 ft) tall
- 88 stories
- Construction began:May 1993.
- 246 foot spires
- 54.8 meter(160 ft) sky bridge connecting towers at 41st and 42nd stories
(170 feet above the ground)
Construction and Materials
- Walls of glass and duronic aluminum
- Concrete footings and floors
- Bridge of glass backed by steel
- Took 3 days to hoist the skybridge into
- Built 164 ft. away from their
original site due to discovery of underground limestone that would have
made the towers unstable
- Two model towers were able to withstand winds
up to 65 mph during a wind-tunnel test.
- Portion of the recent movie Entrapment filmed in and
around the towers
- Built to fulfill request from Petronas,
a Malaysian government gas and oil company for
4.5 million square feet of office space
- 1.5 million feet of commercial space
- Concert Hall, Art Gallery, parking lot and Petroleum