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Daily Photo (Feature): People Taking Photos Of The Petronas Twin Towers, Malaysia

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Whereas the perhaps slightly excessive abundance of national flags flown almost everywhere around central Kuala Lumpur could be seen as a reflection of political insecurity, the Petronas Twin Towers are a symbol of Malaysia’s growing economic self-confidence since independence.

The towers are the Pole Star of Kuala Lumpur. Peering above and peeking between the city’s lower slung buildings – often juxtaposed with the bulbous tip of the Skytower – they are a constant reminder of one’s location on a journey around the city.

Though they didn’t start out as our destination that day we were drawn to the slowly brightening towers one evening. By the time we got there they were closed but outside the waters of the artificial lake were about to be illuminated with a light show. As people began snapping away on their cameras and phones we snapped away at them:

The Petronas Towers are twin skyscrapers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

They were the tallest buildings in the world from 1998 to 2004 when they were surpassed by Taipei 101.

The Petronas Towers remain the tallest twin towers in the world

The buildings are a landmark of Kuala Lumpur

Along with nearby Kuala Lumpur Tower; they remain the tallest buildings in Kuala Lumpur

The towers were designed by Argentine architect César Pelli

The towers are the Pole Star of Kuala Lumpur

Peering above and peeking between the city’s lower slung buildings they are a constant reminder of one’s location on a journey around the city

The Petronas Towers' structural system is a tube in tube design, invented by Fazlur Rahman Khan

The 88-floor towers are constructed largely of reinforced concrete, with a steel and glass facade designed to resemble motifs found in Islamic art

The construction of the superstructure commenced on 1 April 1994

 

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