Architecture in Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur is the capital of Malaysia. Its modern skyline is dominated by the Petronas Twin Towers, a pair of glass-and-steel-clad skyscrapers with Islamic motifs. The towers also offer a public sky bridge and observation deck. The city is also home to British colonial-era landmarks such as the Kuala Lumpur Railway Station and the Sultan Abdul Samad Building.
Influences in Kuala Lumpur
The city is a blend of old colonial influences, Asian traditions, Malay Islamic inspirations, modern and post-modern mix. Being a relatively young city, most of Kuala Lumpur’s colonial buildings were built toward the end of 19th and early 20th century. These buildings have Mughal, Tudor, Neo-Gothic or Grecian-Spanish style or architecture. Most of the styling has been modified to cater to use local resources and the acclimatized to the local climate, which is hot and humid all year around.
Independence in Malaysia
Independence coupled with the rapid economic growth from the 70’s to the 90’s, saw buildings with more local and Islamic motifs arise in the central districts of the city. Many of these buildings derive their design from traditional Malay items, such as the head-dress and the keris. Some of these buildings have Islamic geometric motifs integrated with the designs of the building, such as square patterns or a dome.
Late Modernist and Post-Modernist style architecture began to appear in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Buildings with all-glass exteriors sprang up around the city, with the most prominent example being the Petronas Twin Towers As an emerging global city in a newly industrialized economy, the city skyline is expected to experience further changes in decades to come with construction works like The Gardens, The Pavilion, Four Seasons Place, Lot C of KLCC and many more.
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Buildings in Kuala Lumpur