Almost twice as tall as the Empire state building – Malaysia is building the world’s second tallest tower and it is 85% complete.

Joining the likes of Petronas Towers and the Kuala Lumpur Tower in Malaysia will be the world’s second-tallest skyscraper, Merdeka 118. It will be spellbindingly tall at the height of nearly 2,300 feet (the Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world with an elevation of 2,716 feet). It is only a matter of time that this splendid mixed-use skyscraper will become a hub that promotes vibrant community interaction within the city for people of all ages. The structure is already 85 percent finished with the tower spire and, by the end of 2022, will be standing tall as the economic catalyst of Kuala Lumpur.

Wondering what does over 3.1 million square feet of floor area and 1.7 million square feet of office space gets along? Visitors can expect it all from the city’s most exciting hospitality, retail, and residential experiences, including the Park Hyatt Kuala Lumpur, a mall, a museum, the Merdeka Textile Museum, showcasing Malay-world textile like no other. The Masjid Merdeka mosque can accommodate up to 3,000 people. The highlight of this structure is the double-height observation deck, called ‘The View at 118’ that will be the highest in Southeast Asia. The name Merdeka 118 comes from the number of floors in the new tower.

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Straits Times reports, Malaysia Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said he was proud to announce the completion of the tower spire amid the Covid-19 pandemic. He said in his opening speech, “I was made to understand that Merdeka 118 will also be the first tower in Malaysia to earn triple-platinum ratings with international sustainability certifications, including the highly prestigious Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (Leed). This is not only a great achievement in the field of engineering, but also further strengthens Malaysia’s position as a modern and developed country.”

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