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Location:
Kuala Lumpur City Center, Federal Territory of Malaysia.
Facts:
Petronas Towers, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, surpassed Chicago's Sears Tower as the world's tallest building in 1996. Its total height of 452 m (1,483 ft) is 10 m (33 ft) higher than Sears Tower, although Sears Tower still has the
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world's highest occupiable floor.
Designed by the architect Cesar Pelli, Petronas Towers comprises two 88-story structures topped by 74-m (242-ft) spires and linked by a pedestrian bridge at the 42d floor.
The glass-and-steel towers consist of core and cylindrical-tube framing systems built of cast-in-place concrete. The floor plan of each is based on an eight-point star, a traditional Islamic motif. The towers serve as the headquarters of Petronas, the government-owned oil company.
A visual symbol of Malaysia's spectacular economic growth in the 1980s and early 1990s, Petronas Towers was planned as part of a new urban hub to be built in the heart of the city.

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