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The Petronas Towers

Here are the Petronas Towers, or Petronas Twin Towers, Petronas being a Malaysian-owned oil and gas company. I’m not especially a fan of sky scrappers, but I must admit that they made a strong impression on me. And I think most people can’t stay completely indifferent. A truly amazing piece of architecture. Ok it’s tall (the tallest buildings of the world at the completion in 1998), but that’s not what makes them special: they’re just plain beautiful! I find the sky bridge between the towers perhaps a bit less aesthetically pleasing, but I understand that it was tempting to link the towers. Interestingly, the bridge is not attached to the main structures, but is instead designed to slide in and out of the towers to prevent it from breaking during high winds. By the way, it’s the only part of the towers accessible to the public, apart from the chic commercial centre (Suria KLCC) at the feet of the towers.

The Argentine architects (César Pelli and Djay Ceric) made use of motifs found in Islamic art. For example, the cross section of the towers is based on a Rub el Hizb, an Islamic symbol made of two overlapping squares that is found on a number of emblems and flags. I guess they added a few round parts here and there!

This photo was taken while returning to the hotel late in the evening. A quick "photo shoot" with my folk behind impatiently waiting for me. (I had spotted the point of view earlier and had hoped to be able to come back at night.) No tripod, just trying to shoot between two heart beats like they do in biathlon! ;)

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