Southeast Asia's Tallest Skyscraper to Open Its Doors
Southeast Asia's tallest skyscraper is set to open its doors. Located in Malaysia's capital, Kuala Lumpur, Exchange 106 will welcome its first tenants in December, CNN reported.
Opened to journalists for the first time Wednesday, the building contains 93 floors of office space, as well as restaurants and shops in its lower reaches. Its distinct geometric glass crown can be illuminated in various colors, while a "sky lobby" offers views over the Malaysian capital.
Exchange 106 is more than 40 meters (131 feet) taller than the nearby Petronas Towers, the world's tallest buildings between 1998 and 2004. The new tower has also overtaken Ho Chi Minh City's Landmark 81, which is 469.5m tall, to become Southeast Asia's tallest skyscraper.
In comparison, Singapore's tallest building - Guoco Tower in Tanjong Pagar - is 290m high. Burj Khalifa in Dubai, the world tallest, reaches 830m at its highest tip, The Jakarta Post reported.
An official press release for the building describes it as a "unique retelling of the city's early township and structures ... in an area once known as 'Pak Luk Kan,' which literally translates into 'Land of the 106 Bungalows.'"
Described by its developers as "Malaysia's first international financial district," like London’s Canary Wharf, New York's World Trade Centre towers, and Shanghai's International Finance Centre to this part of the world.
TRX comprises 30 buildings with combined floor space of 24 million square feet. HSBC and Affin Bank are also set to open towers in the development.