Tallest Buildings in Malaysia

The Exchange 106 skyscraper in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  Editorial credit: shaifulzamri / Shutterstock.com
The Exchange 106 skyscraper in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Editorial credit: shaifulzamri / Shutterstock.com

Malaysia is home to some of the tallest buildings in the world with its capital city having one of the most beautiful skylines on the earth. Kuala Lumpur is ranked seventeenth among the cities with the most skyscrapers with Petronas Towers being the tallest twin-tower on earth. Petronas Towers was the world’s tallest structure from 1998 to 2017.

Tallest Skyscrapers in Malaysia

The Exchange 106

The exchange 106 is the tallest structure in the country which is still under construction. The building is in the new financial district that is being constructed in Kuala Lumpur. The skyscraper has 106 floors, and it’s topped with a 157.48-foot high illuminated crown which increases its height to 1,483 ft. The building will have a lettable area of about 2.8 million square feet with about 300,000 sq feet set aside in the first five floors for retail space. The construction process of the Exchange 106 began in 2016, and it’s expected to be opened by 2019.

Petronas Towers

Petronas twin-towers are the tallest Malaysian towers which serve as a landmark in the capital city alongside Kuala Lumpur Tower. Cesar Pelli designed the structures. The cost of the entire project was $1.6 billion. The seven-year-long construction process of the towers began on March 1, 1993. Both towers are 1,482.6 ft tall and have 88 floors. The Malaysian prime minister officially opened the Petronas Towers on August 1, 1999. The towers were the tallest structures in the country until 2017 when they were surpassed by the Exchange 106.

Four Seasons Place KL

The Four Seasons Place is a 1,125ft tall structure that is near the Petronas Towers. It is a mixed residential and commercial skyscraper that has a shopping mall, apartments, and a hotel. It is the third tallest structure in Malaysia and the world’s second tallest hotel. The construction process of the Four Seasons Place began in 2013 and ended in 2018. It is the first Four Seasons Place in Southeastern Asia that was officially launched on January 30, 2013, by Prime Minister Razak.

Telekom Tower

Telekom Tower is the tallest building in Lembah Pantai constituency and the fourth biggest in the country. It is a 1,017 ft tall structure with 77 floors. Hijjas Kasturi Associates designed the Telekom towers, and Deawoo Construction Company built it from 1998 to 2001. The skyscraper has a sequence of hanging gardens, and the cost of the entire construction process was about $160 million. Telekom Tower features a sports facility, a prayer hall and a theatre that can accommodate about 2,500 people.

Future of Skyscrapers in Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur has over 671 buildings with seven of its structures being ranked among the top ten tallest structures in the country. The Exchange 106 is currently the tallest building in the country, and even though it’s yet to be completed, there is another project known as Merdeka PNB118 which will surpass it by 2024. The 2,113 ft tall Merdeka PNB 118 will have 118 floors. Another tall structure under construction which will surpass the four seasons Place KL is the Fairmont KL Tower 1. The Fairmont KL will be 1,247 ft tall and have 78 floors.

Tallest Buildings in Malaysia

RankBuildingCityHeight (m)
1The Exchange 106Kuala Lumpur492
2Petronas Tower 1Kuala Lumpur451.9
3Petronas Tower 2Kuala Lumpur451.9
4Four Seasons Place KLKuala Lumpur342.5
5Telekom TowerKuala Lumpur310
6Astaka Tower 1Johor Bahru279
7Petronas Tower 3Kuala Lumpur267
8Vortex TowerKuala Lumpur260
9Astaka Tower 2Johor Bahru256
10KOMTAR TowerPenang Island250

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