MELBOURNE architectural firm Fender Katsalidis has won a design tender in Malaysia for what will be the world's second-tallest tower.
The tower, which will be more than 580 metres high and have more than 100 storeys, will be surpassed only by the Burj Khalifa tower in Dubai, which at 828 metres is still by far the tallest building in the world.
The new structure will be built in Kuala Lumpur, surpassing also Malaysia's current highest building, the Petronas Towers, which are 452 metres tall.
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The cost of the new tower has not been finalised, and detailed drawings are not yet available.
Fender Katsalidis director Karl Fender told The Age it would be a crystalline building with a shape inspired by Islamic patterning.
Mr Fender said that Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak recently announced the winning tender in Parliament. 'It has become an election topic over there, but the tower will go ahead if the Prime Minister is re-elected,'' he said.
In the interim, Mr Fender will visit New York this week for negotiations with building consultants including Leslie Robertson, one of the chief structural engineers of the World Trade Centre, which was destroyed in the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
''For a building like that that [in Kuala Lumpur], you can't mess around. You must have consultants with the most most appropriate experience,'' he said. Talks with experts on mechanical electrical plumbing would also be held.
Mr Fender said the developers were aiming for the highest level of sustainability.
''It's another example of an Australian firm being selected because they were in the region - not America or Europe - and therefore accessible, and with the appropriate experience - the Eureka Tower,'' he said.
source : http://www.theage.com.au/business/property...1123-185pm.html
Fender Katsalidis Architects official website : http://www.fkmarchitects.com
i think last time Fender Katsalidis Architects sent this proposal to University of Technology, Sydney for their Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology building..
crystalline building concept??
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