March 22, 2013

0028 & 0568 MALAYSIA (Kuala Lumpur) - Petronas Towers

Posted on 06.11.2011 and completed on 22.03.2013
Maybe I'm too conservative or excessively pragmatic, but I must admit that I don’t understand this "race for the highest" started in the last two decades. As though there's no other purpose in the world other than to erect the tallest building. It’s true that this desire for "higher" has always existed for different reasons - be closer to the divinity (the tower of Babel, Egyptian pyramids, Gothic cathedrals, mosques minarets), illustrate social status (Italian noble residences towers in the Middle Ages) or simply more efficient use of space (American and Australian skyscrapers from the late 19th century and early 20th century). Currently, however, enormous costs and urban problems created by these buildings no longer justifies their erection.

Petronas Twin Towers from Kuala Lumpur (Petronas Menara in Malay), erected between 1995 and 1998, were the tallest world’s building from 1998 to 2004 until surpassed by Taipei 101 and has remained until today the tallest twin buildings. The towers have 88 floors each, of which 78 served by elevators, a maximum height of 452 m (up to the roof top antenna), and the top floor height is 375 m. Taken together, the two buildings have office area of 1 million square meters, 93,000 square meters are for those 270 stores, cinemas and fast-foods, and in addition was arranged a concert hall with 840 seats and an art gallery.

As regards the costs, I found several amounts, very different from each other, from 0.5 billion to 1.6 billion USD. The initiators of the project were a consortium of private investors in association with the Malaysian government and Petronas, the national oil company. The main problem met by the Argentine architect Cesar Pelli and his team was unstable ground (not rightly in Malay Kuala Lumpur literally means "muddy confluence"), so towers are also the building with the deepest foundation from the world, which dealt Bachy Soletanche, a large geotechnical company from England. Somewhat strangely, the two towers were built by two different companies, both from South Korea, creating a competition between them.

Petronas Towers were designed to symbolize strength and grace and principles are based on typical Islamic architecture, first the cross section based on a Rub el Hizb - a star with eight arms, but also steel and glass facade that imitate the Malay traditional motifs with curved arches reminding of temple towers. The towers can be visited up to floor 41, where is the Sky Bridge that links it, and the curious can cross the bridge, but can’t linger on it longer than 10 minutes. The famous French urban climber Alain "Spiderman" Robert wasn’t satisfied with an ordinary visit and escalated the towers in 2009, using only his bare hands and feet, after two other failed attempts due to police intervention in 1997 and 2007 .

In the second postcard can be seen also:
Vista Tower (238.1m) - in the right, with a blue stripe. Formerly known as Empire Tower, is part of a world class integrated development known as The Intermark.
Kuala Lumpur Tower (antenna spire - 421m, roof - 335m) - in the left. Its construction was completed in 1995, and it's used for communication purposes.

About the stamp

As if to contrast with concrete and glass buildings, the stamp containing the image of a flower, and is part of Garden Flowers set, designed by Dato' Raja Zahabuddin Raja Yaacob and issued on July 1, 2010:
• Bunga Teratai / Nelumbium nelumba (0.30 MYR) - It's on the postcard 2897
• Bunga Tiga Bulan / Hydrangea macrophylla (0.50 MYR) - It's on the postcard 0028
• Bunga Kertas / Bougainvillea (0.60 MYR) - It's on the postcard 1277
• Bunga Lili Merah / Hippeastrum reticulator (0.70 MYR)
• Bunga Raya Hibiscus / Rosa-sinensis (0.80 MYR)
• Bunga Seri Pagi / Ipomoea indica (0.90 MYR)
• Bunga Tasbih / Camna orientalis (1.00 MYR)
• Bunga Alamanda / Allamanda cathartica (2.00 MYR)

Sender 1: Sally Jiaqi (Walltype)
Sent from Serian (Borneo / Malaysia), on 17.10.2011
Sender 2: K. Wilck (a friend of a friend)
Sent from Johor Bahru (Johor / Malaysia), on 07.01.2013


  1. buna... im malaysian who had travelled to Brasov by train before