A Rotating Tower in KL?

Posted by : foongpc | Monday, July 14, 2008 | Published in


I am not an expert at architecture, but I just marvel at these architectural wonders.

Take Petronas Twin Towers for example. I've not stopped admiring this concrete skyscraper which changed the Kuala Lumpur's skyline since it was completed in 1998. It was at that time the tallest building in the world and I was so proud. I still am.

Here's a stunning photo of the Twin Towers taken from Richard Renaldi's Photography Blog.

Credit must be given to Tun Dr Mahathir for getting this project off the ground. A lot of Malaysians had criticized him for wasting money on such a lavish project but I really beg to differ. If not for him, we won't have such a prestigious landmark that is known the world over. Nowadays, tourists who come to Malaysia make sure that they have photos taken with the looming Twin Towers in the background.

Even the current tallest building in the world, Taipei 101 doesn't quite match the beauty of the Twin Towers. Don't you agree? Look at this picture of Taipei 101 taken from QuaChee's blog.

Even the upcoming Burj Dubai which is going to overtake Taipei 101 as the tallest building in the world when completed in 2009 don't quite measure up to our Twin Towers. At least that's what I think at this very moment since I have not seen the completed building yet. Below is the Burj Dubai still under construction taken from the Burj Dubai official website.

But the latest architectural wonder that left me gasping in awe must be none other than the incredible rotating tower in Dubai designed by renowned Italian architect, Dr. David Fisher. When I first heard the news, I did not believe it. A building where each floor rotates independently so that the whole building appears to be constantly changing shape must be out of this world!

This picture taken from Dr Fisher's Dynamic Architecture site shows how a rotating tower looks like in motion!

How would you like to stay in such a building? Can you imagine every hour you look out the window you see a different view of the city landscape?

Not only that. This rotating tower is environment friendly too. It is the first building in the world to generate its own electricity using wind turbines fitted between each rotating floor! Wow!

It seems that the first building to be built in Dubai will be closely followed by a second one in Moscow and a third already planned for New York.

Will Kuala Lumpur get a rotating skyscraper in the near future?
How I wish!
I guess the chances are pretty slim because firstly, the price of petrol and everything else is rising. Secondly, people are already complaining that the Government is spending unnecessarily on useless projects. Thirdly, this is not Dr M's era.
If Malaysia is still under Dr M, we may just get to have a rotating tower in KL!

(19) Comments

  1. Anonymous

    The rotating tower is definitely impressive. But it definitely won't happen in Pak Lah era. He is only good at sending companions to space.

    July 14, 2008 at 6:30 PM
  2. Bengbeng said...

    there will always b taller n magnificent towers but we r not bad oledi :) splendid post

    July 15, 2008 at 7:42 PM
  3. Anonymous

    I am afraid I would get dizzy! That is very cool.

    July 15, 2008 at 8:38 PM
  4. Anonymous

    I do agree the twin towers is a magnificent architecture, a true piece of art. It certainly has put Malaysian on the map somehow.
    No doubt a rotating building can be built too, but at what cost?
    I never really understand the whole concept of having the tallest building in the world. I really don't.

    July 15, 2008 at 10:50 PM
  5. Anonymous

    Agreed with the rest twin towers is magnificent. It's still not fully vacant and there's many abandoned building scattered in KL. No records show that KL does not have enough office space, it's just for the fame.

    True, we wont get to see the rotating being built in Malaysia, it's enough havoc in daily news, just hope the inflation will keep going down.

    July 16, 2008 at 2:00 AM
  6. foongpc said...

    jam, haha, sending companions to space is Pak Lah's biggest project!

    bengbeng, thanks. Yes, we are not too bad with the Twin Towers, one of the most magnificent building in the world.

    toni, I already go dizzy at such heights, never mind it rotates or not! : )

    cc, having the tallest building in the world will make the country famous, but you may be right - is it really worth it? But I'm not rooting for the tallest, just for a rotating tower in KL.

    kenneth, agree with you that there's many abandoned buildings in KL and we really don't need to build anymore. We already have Twin Towers, don't we? Still, how nice if we are now doing great economically and a rotating tower will make KL stand out and grouped together with prestigious cities like Dubai and New York.

    July 16, 2008 at 10:25 AM
  7. Colleen - Mommy Always Wins said...

    How cool to see buildings in your area!

    You left a comment on my blog about the lake that's dried up - we actually had BIG flooding in early June and the lake waters rose so far they breached a strip of land that separated the lake from a river. The water essentially emptied out into the river, taking homes (and thankfully no people) with it. Tragic, but could have been much worse! Its a man-made lake, so there are plans to refill it again by next spring. The lake is in a HUGE tourist area of the state!

    Mommy Always Wins

    July 16, 2008 at 8:58 PM
  8. Unknown said...

    hey there. nice article. i agree that the kl towers are unique - quite an icon by themselves... and to be twins, that is something we can be proud of :)

    July 17, 2008 at 12:15 AM
  9. Unknown said...

    Heya Foongpc

    Hope you are doing fine :)

    Btw, remember I mentioned in my blog before that there's something for bloggers?

    Well, Im giving a free copy of my new book, 50+1 Malaysia away to any blogger who is willing to do a post review on it.

    Would you care to be one? :)

    If yes (and I hope you will hehe), you can sign in your details for us to send the book over at http://themalaysiapage.com/501-malaysia/specially-for-bloggers/

    Thanks :)

    *The book will be out 31 July 2008.

    July 18, 2008 at 5:13 PM

    I never knew about these amazing structures! So glad that I stopped by and saw them!

    July 19, 2008 at 1:52 PM
  11. foongpc said...

    colleen, thanks for dropping by and give a detailed explanation of the dried up lake. I didn't know it's a huge tourist area!

    quachee, will definitely write a post review on your upcoming book! Can't wait to get my hands on the book! Thanks! : )

    health nut wannabee mom, come to Malaysia for a holiday and see the magnificent Twin Towers for yourself!

    July 19, 2008 at 10:28 PM
  12. Anonymous

    It is amazing how far technology and architecture has come from pyramids to rotating skyscrapers. Pretty soon we will have floating buildings like in the Jetsons cartoons?

    July 28, 2008 at 12:02 AM
  13. foongpc said...

    rob, floating buildings? I rather not have them! Cos before we have floating buildings, we probably will be having flying cars. Just imagine how air traffic will look like then!

    July 29, 2008 at 1:04 PM
  14. Anonymous

    ehhh ur blog is very informative le really...very impressed with the rotating tower !!!

    October 22, 2008 at 11:38 AM
  15. foongpc said...

    thanks, kitkat! Yeah, I was impressed with the rotating tower too. Hope have one in KL : )

    October 24, 2008 at 2:43 AM
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