85 Stories in Kuala Lumpur—The 5th and 6th Tallest Buildings in the World

by Charles H. Thornton, Thornton-Tomasetti Engineers, New York City, United States,
Hamdan Mohamad, Thornton-Tomasetti Engineers, New York City, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Structural Engineering in Natural Hazards Mitigation


A concrete core and cylindrical concrete tube structure provides a safe, elegant, efficient and constructible solution to the challenge of designing the world's 5th and 6th tallest buildings, the Petronas Towers at Kuala Lumpur City Centre in Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia. The proposed structural solution combines the erection speed of concrete construction, the flexibility for future change and the efficiency for horizontal spans of a steel floor system, and the superior dynamic acceleration response of a cast-in-place lateral load resisting structural system.

Subject Headings: Building design | Concrete structures | Steel structures | Lateral loads | Concrete | Steel construction | Dynamic loads | Structural systems | Malaysia | Asia

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