Petronas Tower: the blue-painted rainbow

Petronas Tower

In every corner of the world, there’s architecture which is the identity of the city or a country, history has seen a lot of architecture and to date, we have art as the only proof of civilization and ancient history along with their culture.

Likewise, the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the Statue of Liberty in the United States, and the Taj Mahal in India, each country has its own identity of architecture, likewise, the busy city of Kuala Lumpur in the modern country of Malaysia has the twin tower which is shining throughout the sky opened in 1999.

We have witnessed the popularity of Petronas Tower in movies and colorful Instagram posts but less we know is the magic and the science behind its architecture and to unleash that you are here…

The Petronas Tower, with 88 floors and 427-meter height the tower holds shopping malls and restaurants along with offices, it gave a whole new look to Malaysia by international standards and is also one of popular architecture in the world.

Petronas tower

Design Philosophy

The Petronas Tower was built with the inspiration of Islamic architecture along with post-modern architecture, the shape and core design of Petronas Tower resembles the Islamic symbol of Rub El Hizb (which represents the Tartessos an ancient Islamic civilization which ruled a part of Spain for eight century).

The floor plan was designed by Argentine architect Cesar Pelli to represent the Islamic tradition in Malaysia, the entire building was built with the postmodern Islamic architecture, where Islamic architecture can be defined by its dome shape but it changed rapidly along with time.

Petronas tower

The structure of Petronas tower is In the form of a tube-in-tube design which is commonly used in high-rise buildings to sustain the pressure of wind, in the modern era architect Cesar Pelli used concrete streel for the toughness and glass along with stainless steel and aluminum.

The cylindrical shape of the building also holds the traditional Islamic dome shape that we can witness in mosques from the entire world, the implementation of Islamic tradition is to resemble the wider Islamic heritage lives in Malaysia.

One of the most fascinating things in the Petronas Tower is its intermediate bridge which connects the 41st and 42nd floors, it is more like an additional ornament to add attraction to the building and the architect succeeded in it too.

About the Architect

Being born in Argentina and having studied at the University of Illinois, Cesar Pelli worked From the Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles to the Cira Center in Schuylkill River and the Salesforce Tower in San Francisco to Petronas Tower in Malaysia, architect Cesar Pelli played with stainless steels and the postmodern architectures.

Every successful art and architecture resembles a story and a tradition to be inspired from, it is visible only to the eyes that seek it, likewise, the Petronas tower is not only architecture but also an identity to the city, country, and culture that lives there.

One can cultivate their culture and tradition in any form but when it is cultivated in the form of architecture, then it can withstand centuries and centuries apart and communicate in a very better way than anything.

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