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!