Supertall skyscrapers in Kuala Lumpur

Southeast Asia is an emerging and burgeoning skyscraper-gathered region like Middle East and China, as there are many cities are being converted into skyscraper cities in Southeast Asia, such as Bangkok, Manila, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, Singapore, and many other smaller cities like Hu Chi Min City and Johor Bahru. Among them Kuala Lumpur is a distinct one that started developing the skyscrapers sooner than the rest of them, as it had been well known for its notable Petronas Towers, which have been standing there for nearly 20 years. As of now Kuala Lumpur still plays the most prominent role in this respect among all these southeastern Asian cities as the amount of supertalls in it is highest and its potential in future is also higher with 11 supertall skyscrapers being built or proposed, these with completed ones counted bring the total amount to 14, this figure also makes Kuala Lumpur ranked 4th in terms of number of supertalls among all the world's cities out of Mainland China( it is true that many Chinese cities have lots of proposals, however when it comes to substantial progress it's hard to judge whether they are serious projects or not), only after New York, Dubai and Mumbai.

The development of supertall skyscrapers in Kuala Lumpur is progressing much more smooth than other cities in southeast Asia. Compared to Singapore, where the building's height is strictly limit to under 290 meters due to the flight issue, an issue also affects Chinese cities and American cities, no height limit is set for buildings in Kuala Lumpur. And in Jakarta, which is another southeast Asian city has lots of supertall projects ongoing, no one has truly topped out yet.
As early as in the end of last century, there already were two supertall towers called Petronas Twin Towers built in the city and became the world's tallest building, a title had long been held by Sears Tower for more than 20 years, and now Petronas Towers are still the tallest twin towers in the world.
From 2010, just like many other cities around the world Kuala Lumpur entered into a phase of construction boom in which the amount of supertalls greatly increased, many proposals for supertall projects started to emerge continuously one after the other.
Kuala Lumpur is one of a few cities in the world that is currently constructing megatall skyscrapers, which are the skyscrapers over 600m or 2000 feet in height.
In 2010, the city's first megatall skyscraper KL 118 was proposed and now is under construction with an estimated completion date set in 2020.

In 2011 the second megatall skyscraper Tradewinds Square Tower was proposed, since then Kuala Lumpur became the city that has two megatall projects ongoing, which is extremely rare in the world, only Dubai is in the same category with it.
More than that, Tradewinds Square Tower's height got a bump later in July 2016, increased to 775 meters, and contains no spire, in fact if judge by roof, this is way more than Burj Khalifa and even the Jeddah Tower.

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Completed buildings: As of April 2017 there are 3 supertall towers built in Kuala Lumpur, the buildings that still under construction are not included even topped out.

1 & 2. Petronas Towers

Kuala Lumpur Petronas Towers
Petronas Towers at night

Standard height: 452 meters

Roof height: 415 meters

Uses: Office

Built year:1998

Architect: Cesar Pelli

Developer: KLCC Property Holdings

Petronas Towers had been the world's tallest building since 1998 until in 2004 when Taipei 101 was completed.

The twin towers comprising Tower One and Tower Two, the Tower One is served as the headquarters of Petronas and the tower 2 is an office tower that available for lease.

There are two observation decks on the towers, the one is inside the sky bridge which connecting two towers at a height of 170 meters, the other one is at the 86th floor of Tower Two.

3. Menara Telekom

Menara Telekom Tower
Menara Telekom

 

Standard height: 310 meters

Roof height: 310 meters

 

Built year:2001

 

Architect: Hijjas Kasturi Associates

Developer: Telekom Malaysia

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Under Construction:

1. Merdeka PNB118

KL 118 Tower
Rendering of KL 118 Tower

 

Standard height: 630 meters

Roof height: 500 meters

Uses: Office, Hotel

Estimated top out year: 2019

 

Architect: PNB Merdeka Ventures SDN Berhad

Developer:Fender Katsalidis Architects

The tower was formerly known as KL 118 Tower, literally means a 118-storey tower in Kuala Lumpur, it is the first megatall project in Kuala Lumpur, and set to become the new landmark of the city.

 

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2. TRX Signature Tower

Standard height: 439 meters

Uses: Office

Estimated top out year: 2020

Architect: unknown

Developer: Mulia Group

Kuala Lumpur TRX Signature Tower
Rendering of TRX Signature Tower

3. Fairmont Kuala Lumpur 1

Fairmont Kuala Lumpur 1
Rendering Fairmont Kuala Lumpur 1

 

Standard height:  380 meters

Roof height: 380 meters

Uses: Residential, Hotel

Estimated top out year: 2018

 

Architect: unknown

Developer: KLCC Holdings and QD Asia Pacific

 

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4. Four Seasons Place

Kuala Lumpur Four Seasons Place
Rendering of Four Seasons Place with Petronas Towers in background.

 

Standard height: 343 meters

Uses: Residential, Hotel

Estimated top out year: 2017

 

Architect: NRY Architects

Developer: Venus Assets

 

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Proposed buildings:

Recent years more and more supertall towers are proposed in Kuala Lumpur, almost all of them were proposed after 2010. Some of them were not supertall when first proposed, the height were increased in the later.

1. Tradewinds Square

Tradewinds Square Tower
Render of Tradewinds Square

Proposed in: 2011

Standard height: 775 meters

Uses: Office

Estimated top out year: 2020

 

Architect: DP Architects

Developer: Tradewinds Corporation

The tower was originally planned to be 608 meters when first proposed in 2011, and increased to 775 meters in 2016, if built, the tower will become the world's tallest building by roof height, even the Jeddah Tower's roof is not that high, its cantilevered observation deck is at only 640 meters off the ground.

 

2. EkoPark Place

Kuala Lumpur EkoPark Place
Rendering of EkoPark Place

Proposed in: 2015

Standard height: Above 400 meters

Uses: Office, Hotel, Residential

Estimated top out year: unknown

 

Architect: unknown

Developer: Ekovest

 

 

3. Landmark Tower

Landmark Tower
Rendering of Landmark Tower

Proposed in: 2011

Standard height: Above 400 meters

Uses: unknown

Estimated top out year: unknown

 

Architect: SOM

Developer: Naza TTDI

 

 

 

 

 

4. Bukit Bintang City Center

Proposed in: 2010

Standard height: Above 400 meters

Uses: Office, Hotel, Residential

Estimated top out year: unknown

Architect: unknown

Developer: Eco World Development

Kuala Lumpur Bukit Bintang City Center
Bukit Bintang City Center

5. Plaza Rakyat

Proposed in: 2006

Standard height: Above 400 meters

Roof height: Above 370 meters

Uses: Office

Estimated top out year: unknown

Architect: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

Developer: Maxcorp Development

Plaza Rakyat Towers
Render of Plaza Rakyat

6. Oxley Towers

Kuala Lumpur Oxley Towers
Rendering of Oxley Towers

Proposed in: 2013

Standard height: 380 meters

Uses: Residential, Hotel

Estimated top out year: 2019

 

Architect: VERITAS Architects

Developer: Oxley Malaysia

 

 

 

 

7. M 101 Skywheel

M 101 Skywheel
M 101 Skywheel

Proposed in: 2015

Standard height: Above 300 meters

Uses: Observation, Hotel, Residential

Estimated top out year: unknown

 

Architect: Studio F. A. Porsche

Developer: M 101

This project is comprised of two towers with a bridging structure connecting each other, and a Ferris wheel for observation use will be built on the roof of the bridge.

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