Southeast Asia's Tallest Skyscraper to Open Its Doors

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. 

Exchange 106 at Tun Razak Exchange (TRX). Image: The Star
Exchange 106 at Tun Razak Exchange (TRX). Image: The Star

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.


Indah Gilang Pusparani

Indah is a researcher at Badan Perencanaan Pembangunan Penelitian dan Pengembangan Daerah Kota Cirebon (Regional Development Planning and Research Agency of Cirebon Municipality). She covers More international relations, tourism, and startups in Southeast Asia region and beyond. Indah graduated from MSc Development Administration and Planning from University College London, United Kingdom in 2015. She finished bachelor degree from International Relations from University of Indonesia in 2014, with two exchange programs in Political Science at National University of Singapore and New Media in Journalism at Ball State University, USA. She was awarded Diplomacy Award at Harvard World Model United Nations and named as Indonesian Gifted Researcher by Australian National University. She is Researcher at Regional Planning Board in Cirebon, West Java. She previously worked as Editor in Bening Communication, the Commonwealth Parliament Association UK, and diplomacy consulting firm Best Delegate LLC in USA. Less
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