Photographer's Note

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 scrapers, but I must admit these buildings made a strong impression on me. A beautiful piece of architecture, and the tallest buildings of the world at the completion in 1998. Interestingly, the sky bridge linking the towers is not attached to the main structures; it is designed so it can slide in and out of the towers to prevent it from breaking during high winds. The sky bridge is 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. I had spotted the point of view earlier and had hoped to be able to come back at night. That was a rather quick photo shoot with my tired folks behind impatiently waiting for me. No tripod, just trying to shoot between two heart beats like they do in biathlon! ;)

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Additional Photos by Claude Belanger (cebe) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 155 W: 13 N: 294] (1491)
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