Sunday, November 27, 2011
Petronas Towers of Malaysia
One of the main reasons of my travel to Malaysia was to see the Petronas Towers (also known as Menara Berkembar Petronas in Malay) and to walk in the Skybridge. It remains to be the tallest twin tower in the world to date.
The building is amazing in pictures and even more so for real. I was actually thinking at the back of my head when will a structure as majestic as this be put up here in the Philippines. I think other countries think of design and aesthetics when constructing building, while here in the Philippines, all they think about is to put up a building and that is it. Anyway, I will not rant about how far behind we are in terms of architecture (not to mention the aged airport). But did you know that two Filipinos were involved in the design of the Petronas Towers? The tower was designed by Argentine architect César Pelli and Filipino-Malaysian Engineer Deejay Cerico under the consultancy of J. C. Guinto, also known as the Golden Boy of Architecture, and Filipino Designer Dominic Saibo, the Petronas Towers were completed in 1998 after seven years of construction and became the tallest buildings in the world.
The towers has a skybridge between them on 41st and 42nd floors, which is the highest 2-story bridge in the world. This is what me and Olive planned to visit, the Skybridge. Unfortunately, the bridge has been closed since September and will only reopen on December due to maintenance and other improvements. I wish it will be opened to tourists when I go back next month.