With its 118 floors and a recently completed spire at a height of 678 meters, Merdeka 118 skyscraper in Kuala Lumpur is a consruction masterpiece that Malaysia considers an iconic symbol of its progress and future.
When completely completed, this skyscraper will officially be the second tallest building in the world, higher than China's 632-meters Shanghai Tower. The first place is still held by the Burj Khalifa in Dubai with its height of 829.84 meters.
THE ONLY BUILDING TALLER THAN MERDEKA 118 IS BURJ KHALIFA
Comprising 288,000 square meters of floor space, more than half of which will be offered as offices, the tower will also house a mall, a mosque, a Park Hyatt hotel and Southeast Asia's highest observation deck. The wider four-acre site will also contain public spaces and a park at ground level.
THE SKYSCRAPER WILL INCLUDE OFDICE SPACE, MALL, MOSQUE AND PARK HYATT HOTEL
Set in a historic part of Kuala Lumpur, the skyscraper overlooks the Stadium Merdeka, where former leader Tunku Abdul Rahman declared Malaysian independence in 1957. Ismail Sabri, who was named prime minister in August, said on Tuesday that the sculptural design "reflects the image" of Rahman famously raising his hand to shout "merdeka!" (Malay for "independent!") more than six decades ago.
The Australian architecture practice behind the project, Fender Katsalidis, said the design "symbolically represents the rich cultural mix that defines the people of the country."