The Petronas twin Towers of Malaysia were the tallest buildings in the world from 1998 to 2004 and remain the tallest twin towers today. Twin towers around the world have developed in the last decades with each trying to outdo each other. Previously, the World Trade Centers were the world's tallest twin towers.
The World's Tallest Twin Towers
Petronas Twin Towers
The Petronas Twin Towers are found in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Cesar Pelli designed the two towers with a distinctive postmodern style as an icon of the 21st century. Planning started in 1992 and seven years of construction by Japanese and Korean contractors followed. The state-owned Gas Company, Petronas owns the buildings and occupies Tower 1. Both towers stretch 452m (1,483 ft) into the sky. A sky bridge connects them halfway up the buildings. The twin towers are a major tourist attraction due to the highly regarded Muslim culture used in the construction. The buildings are a commercial hub housing international companies like Accenture, Barclays Capital and Al- Jazeera.
JW Marriott Marquis Dubai
The JW Marriott Marquis Dubai is the tallest hotel in the world with a 355m (1,165 ft) height. It is located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The Marriot International runs the hotel which features about 1608 suites. The business hub has food and beverage outlets, an extensive banquet hall, business center, an auditorium, a spa, and meeting rooms. The Emirates Group Own the project, which was conceived as a single 77-storey building of 350m. Later the designed was modified to 395m, and the modification of the shape resulted to a height of 355m.
The Emirates Towers of Dubai stand at the height of 354m (1,161ft). The Boulevard, a two-story retail complex connects the two towers. Ghurair Investment group constructed the Emirates Towers, as a symbol of the city of Dubai. The construction started in 1996 and completed in 2000 with NORR Architects Engineer Planners as the Architect. Today the two towers the Emirates Office Tower and the Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel also houses gardens, waterfalls, lakes, public sitting areas, and a parking space for 1800 cars.
Huaguoyuan Towers are a newly-constructed building in the Chinese city of Guiyang, that was completed in 2018. Although the towers stand at a staggering 335 m (1,099 feet), they are still not among the tallest buildings in China.
The Cullinan twin towers are a residential complex located in the heart of Hong Kong’s Union Square with a height of 270 m (886 ft). The proposed project initially had 45 floors, but further plans were made so that it could accommodate 68 floors it has today. The construction started in 2008 and completed in 2009 with Wong & Ouyang as the Architect, Sun Hung Kai Properties the developer, and Sanfield Building Contractors were the main contractors. The design of the building is futuristic with glass curtain walls like that of International Commerce Centre, with sweeping views of the Victoria Harbor.
Al Kazim Towers
Also called the Business Central Towers, Al Kazim Towers is a complex postmodern building located in the Dubai Media City. It is mostly made up of office suties. Construction of the building started in 2005 and ended in 2008 by the architect National Engineer Bureau and Developer Al Shafar General Contracting Co. The building rises to 265 m (869 ft).
Grand Gateway Shanghai
The Grand Gateway Shanghai consists of two identical skyscrapers rising to about 262 m (860 ft). Construction started in 1994, halted in 1997, resumed in 2002, and was completed in 2005. The towers provide office complexes, restaurants, a movie theater and a shopping mall at their base. Each of the towers has 52 stories.
Bahrain Financial Harbor
The Bahrain Financial Harbor in Manama, capital of Bahrain, is an iconic large-scale commercial development that started in 2004 and was completed in 2009. The towers have 53 floors and rise to 260 m (853 ft). The twin towers are a major tourist attraction site and their proximity to the Bahrain World Trade Center and Lulu gives it a primal advantage.
The Imperial Towers in Tardeo, Mumbai, the largest city in India, was designed by Mumbai architect Hafeez Contractor. With a height of about 256 m (840 ft) the towers are the tallest buildings in Mumbai. Construction started in 2005 and was completed in 2010 with S D Corporation Pvt. Ltd as the owner and manager.
Honorable Mention: the World Trade Center
Prior to their destruction in the 2001 terrorist attacks, New York's World Trade Center Twin Towers were not only the tallest twin towers in the world but the tallest buildings in the world. The Twin Towers were 1,638 feet and 1,362 feet tall.
Which Are The World's Tallest Twin Towers?
|Rank||Twin Towers||City||Country||Height in m (ft)|
|1||Petronas Twin Towers||Kuala Lumpur||Malaysia||452 (1,483)|
|2||JW Marriott Marquis Dubai||Dubai||United Arab Emirates||355 (1,165)|
|3||Emirates Towers||Dubai||United Arab Emirates||354 (1,161)|
|4||Huaguoyuan Towers||Guiyang||China||335 (1,099)|
|5||The Cullinan||Hong Kong||China||270 (886)|
|6||Al Kazim Towers||Dubai||United Arab Emirates||265 (869)|
|7||Grand Gateway Shanghai||Shanghai||China||262 (860)|
|8||Bahrain Financial Harbour||Manama||Bahrain||260 (853)|
|9||The Imperial||Mumbai||India||256 (840)|
|10||Palm Towers||Dubai||United Arab Emirates||250 (820)|
About the Author
Benjamin Elisha Sawe holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Statistics and an MBA in Strategic Management. He is a frequent World Atlas contributor.
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