KL reaches for the skies

KL skyline
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KL reaches for the skies, approval granted for several new superstructures
Stories by YIP YOKE TENG
TheStar Metro
28 May 2008

The skyline of Kuala Lumpur is to set change dramatically and significantly in the near future.

Several superstructures of over 50-storeys high will soon join the Petronas Twin Towers and KL Tower to dwarf other high-rise buildings in the city centre.

Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) town planning director Mahadi Che Ngah has confirmed that the DBKL had approved several superstructures comprising office blocks, hotels and serviced apartments.

According to Mahadi,

a skyscraper soaring to about 60 storeys has been approved as an extension to the Petronas Twin Towers. It will be located next to the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. [Proposed Menara Carigali]
The pricey plot near Suria KLCC will also be the site for the Four Seasons Centre Kuala Lumpur, with its tallest building standing at 70 storeys. [Proposed Four Seasons Centre]


It is touted to be a mixed development comprising a Four Seasons hotel, serviced apartments, luxury condominiums and retail outlets.

KL Sentral is also expected to have a structure towering at about 60 storeys. [Proposed 60-storey KL Sentral]

Another skyscraper to loom over Stadium Merdeka at about 40-storeys tall has also been approved in principle.  [Proposed Plaza Merdeka]

It is learnt that this will be part of a privatisation project by the government.

Mahadi said

two other projects with 30-storey structures were waiting for their development orders. [there’re several others 30 to 50-storey skyscrapers proposed]

On talks that a 100-storey skyscraper would be erected near the Matrade centre, bordering Jalan Kuching and Jalan Duta, Mahadi said it was merely an enquiry.




He said no plan or application had been submitted on the so-called project and it was too early to say that Kuala Lumpur would have another building taller than the Twin Towers.








“High-rise projects in Kuala Lumpur have to abide by height guidelines.

“They cannot just follow the fancy of the landowners. These developers have been well informed of the policies in the Kuala Lumpur Structure Plan 2020, draft Kuala Lumpur City Plan 2020 and other planning regulations,” he said.

“The height of the buildings is related to land value, the more expensive the land, the higher the buildings but we still need to look into other aspects like road systems and public transport,” Mahadi said.

According to Mahadi, commercial zones are categorised as city centre, district centre and neighbourhood centre, to control development intensity.

The city centre commercial zone has the highest range of permissible plot ratio of up to 1:10. Plot ratio refers to the ratio of land area and floor area.

Superstructures can only be allowed in the city centre commercial zone, which is largely around the KLCC area, as well as other areas designated for the purpose such as KL Sentral and Mid Valley.

“This means that if a developer wants to erect a very tall building in an area outside the city centre commercial zone, it has to make sure there is a large span of green in the surroundings,” Mahadi said.

He advised the public to study the draft KL City Plan 2020 carefully to check on the development intensity proposed for the different areas.

“Some plans have been committed decades ago and the DBKL will have to follow up on these commitments.

“If land owners and residents think that these plans are no longer feasible, or they will suffer losses if the plans proceed, now is the time for them to register their objections,” he said.

The Draft KL City Plan objective is to turn Kuala Lumpur into a world-class city by 2020.

The plan states that “to achieve the vision for a world-class city by 2020, Kuala Lumpur needs an optimum population that supports the city’s role as a leading centre of the new economy”.

Kuala Lumpur is positioned to have a population of 2.2 million, up from the 1.5 million now by 2020, with a population density of 13,805 people per sq km in the city centre, similar to the population density of the busiest areas in Tokyo.

According to town planners interviewed by StarMetro, this demography is inconsistent with the National Physical Plan that advocates sustainable living in the city.

In fact, the physical plan’s objective is to slightly decrease the gross urban density of 29 people per hectare (2,900 people per sq km) to 25 per hectare.

Latest list of projects proposed for KL City and Mont’Kiara coming soon at Malaysia CIty!

KL Project Outlook H2 2008

He said no plan or application had been submitted on the so-called project and it was too early to say that Kuala Lumpur would have another building taller than the Twin Towers.

Upcoming Commercial Projects

Puchong Business Financial Centre, Bandar Puteri, Puchong

Construction work for the first two blocks has started and is expected to be completed by the first quarter of 2009. Work on the other three blocks will start early next year and the buildings will be ready by 2011.


Setia Walk, Pusat Bandar Puchong

Located on 20.8 acres in the matured township of Pusat Bandar Puchong, the project enjoys good frontage and visibility to the LDP and Jalan Wawasan, the township’s main thoroughfare.

Phase one will comprise 85 blocks of four, six and seven storey of shop offices offering 170 retail units and 336 office units. The shop offices are priced between RM2.5mil and RM8.9mil a block. Phase two will comprise the hotel, entertainment complex and an office tower. The apartments will be built under phase three.

It would have three main zones – active zone (child development centre, play-zones and children-centric products); sanctuary zone (fine dining, spa and beauty care centres) and the escape zone (ideal for relaxing and unwinding with alfresco dining, cafes and bistro). The business hotel and entertainment complex will be the anchors on both ends of the commercial precinct. The entertainment complex with over 300,000 sq ft of gross lettable area will have cineplexes, bowling alleys and karaoke lounges.

Setia Walk Puchong

Sunway VeloCity, cross junction of Jalan Peel and Jalan Cheras, KL

Located 15 minutes away from KLCC, Sunway VeloCity will be a perfect for those seeking the appeals of urban life. An integrated development comprising residential, commercial and retail components means that it will be a boon for any business. Themed Service Apartments will provide a distinctive identity for the entire development, complemented by a shopping mall and outdoor retail spaces.

Pedestrian-friendly Environmental Decks serve to separate vehicle and pedestrian traffic, while linking up all components of the development. Sunway VeloCity seeks to re-introduce public spaces back into KL’s urban fabric, with multiple themed parks offering a relief from the hustle and bustle of urban life for all its residents and tenants.

Sunway VeloCity

Dubai Supertall Madness (Updated2)



Almost the whole world, including economic giants USA, Japan and China, is shivering over skyrocketing oil prices, one country on Earth seems largely unaffected. AND NOW CREDIT CRUNCH?

That is the United Arab Emirates.

The reason to that is simple. The world’s major consumers of petroleum are heavily dependent on the Middle Eastern oil. And oil-rich Dubai being the emirate’s main city and the main entrepot for the region is now flushed with revenues of billions and trillions like never before.

So Dubai is ‘showing off’ its wealth in an unprecedented transformation of its entire city skyline.

At least three so-called Business Districts have been rigourously planned to rise up in the middle of its sand dunes. The city has already become the host to the highest number of skyscrapers and super-high towers in the world. Amongst them are the world’s tallest building Burj Dubai and the completed luxurious Burj Al Arab and Rose Rotana Suites.  

Critics argued what economic sense could be justified by building grandiose record-breaking structures when the current economic condition are unable to support these efforts. 

Although the city is fast becoming an important tourist destination especially to the Europeans, Dubai has a relatively small population in excess of one million. Astonishingly to note that more than two thirds of its population are made up of expatriates (who are not locals), mainly consisting of impecunious people from subcontinental South Asia. Generally, they are employed as labours in Dubai’s booming construction industry.

Nevertheless, many locals believe that their small but affluent population coupled with some cash-rich tourists would not stop their dreams in making Dubai one of the world’s premier financial hubs in the coming decade.

We now take a review of the supertowers planned for this city.

Dubai On-Going Projects of more than 75 storeys:

Burj Dubai

1. Burj Dubai, the world’s tallest building is due for completion end of this year. Currently it has 162 completed floors.

Pentominium Burj Al Alam_1  Burj Al Alam_2

2. The Pentominium – 120 floors – Location: Dubai Marina – Completion: 2011

3. Burj Al Alam – 108 floors – Location: Business Bay – Completion: 2010

Dubai Supertalls

4. Marina 101 – 102 floors – Location: Dubai Marina – Completion: 2010

5. Elite Residence Dubai – 92 floors – Location: Dubai Marina – Completion: 2010

6. Dubai Princess Tower – 101 floors – Location: Dubai Marina – Completion: 2009

7. The Torch Dubai – 84 floors – Location: Dubai Marina – Completion: 2008

8. Ahmed Abdul Rahim Al Attar Tower – 76 floors – Location: Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai Downtown – Completion: 2008

9. Al Yacoub Tower – 72 floors – Location: Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai Downtown – Completion: 2009

23 Marina The Index Ocean Heights

10. 23 Marina – 90 floors – Location: Dubai Marina – Completion: 2009

11. The Index – 86 floors – Location: Dubai International Financial Centre – Completion: 2010

12. Ocean Heights – 82 floors – Location: Dubai Marina – Completion: 2010

D1 Dubai Infinity Dubai Almas Dubai  HHH Tower

13. D1 Tower – 80 floors – Location: Dubai Culture Village – Completion: 2010

14. Infinity Tower Dubai – 80 floors – Location: Dubai Marina – Completion: 2010

15. Almas Tower – 74 floors – Location: Jumeirah Lake – Completion: 2008

16. HHHR Tower – 72 floors – Location: Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai Downtown – Completion: 2009

Lam Tara Emirates Park Dancing Dubai

17. Lam Tara Twin Towers – 70, 60 floors – Location: Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai Downtown – Completion: 2010

18. Emirates Park Towers – twin 77 floors – Location: Business Bay – Completion: 2009

19. Dubai Dancing Towers – 80, 65, 52 floors – Location: Business Bay – Completion: 2011

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Dubai Proposed Projects of more than 75 storeys:

 Dubai Towers  Dubai Wave

20. Proposed The Signature Dubai Towers – 57 to 97 floors – Location: The Lagoons Dubai

21. Proposed Dubai Wave Tower – 92 floors – Location: Waterfront, Dubai

Marina Sky Hard Rock Dubai Damac Heights

22. Proposed Marina Sky Towers – twin 100 floors and annexe 90 floors – Location: Dubai Marina

23. Proposed Hard Rock Hotel Dubai – 91 floors – Location: World Trade Centre, Dubai

24. Proposed Damac Heights – 105 floors – Location: Dubai Marina

Oasis Beach Al Sharq The Lighthouse

25. Proposed Oasis Beach Hotel Tower – 90 floors – Location: Dubai Marina

26. Proposed Al Sharq Tower – 102 floors – Location: Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai Downtown

27. Proposed The Lighthouse Dubai – 66 to 80 floors – Location: Dubai International Financial Centre

The Lotus Palm Jebel Ali Towers

28. Proposed La Residence @ The Lotus – Location: Business Bay

29. Proposed towers on Palm Jebel Ali, offshore Dubai

30. The proposed Al Burj that will be the world’s first ever 1km (in height) man-made structure. 228 floors no kidding !!! Soil testing for this project has begun at its location near Dubai Marina. This project has been redesigned and relocated to a location yet to be known.

Al Burj

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Under Design and What’s Coming Up!

Abraaj Tatweer Twin Towers

31. Abraaj Tatweer Twin Towers – 110 floors twins – Cancelled as announced on 12 May ’08

Asia Asia Hotel Ggicouae Tower  The Skyscraper Dubai  Da Vinci Dubai

32. Asia Asia Hotel – planned to be world’s largest hotel with about 6,500 rooms, sited in DubaiLand

33. “Ggicouae” Tower – 106 floors

34. The Skyscraper Dubai is currently on-hold.  

35. The conceptual twisting Da Vinci Dubai Tower has 68 floors. This project has been made public as “The Dynamic Tower Dubai“.

Al Bawadi

36. The Desert Gate are twin iconic towers that will greet visitors at the entrance of Al Bawadi. Al Bawadi is a string of 54 (not 31 as previously mentioned) themed hotels replicating world’s famous landmarks serving DubaiLand theme park cities. 

37. The proposed Atrium City or “AC Towers” is a cluster of three supertowers rising above 100 floors, to be connected at base with an atrium and with skybridges. TO BE REVEALED in OCTOBER 2008

38. The proposed “EP07 Tower” will rise 125 floors and reflect Dubai’s pearl trading and farming heritage. TO BE REVEALED in OCTOBER 2008

EP07 Tower

39. The lower-rised “EP09 Towers” have open garden spaces with water, creating an oasis surrounding the six towers. TO BE REVEALED in OCTOBER 2008

EP09 Towers

40. The proposed “EP15 Tower” is a soaring tower of light and wind filter. It will have a build-up area of 300,000 square metres and will rise to 101 floors. TO BE REVEALED in OCTOBER 2008 

EP15 Tower

41. and 42. Two spectacular concept towers planned for Mohammed bin Rashid Gardens – the House of Commerce Central Tower and an observation tower behind Sheikh Mohammed Mosque.

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And finally there are many many more buildings under 80 floors constructed and being planned in Dubai.

The reality is that Dubai has “too much” money from black gold 🙂 And every minute, they are digging!

Kuala Lumpur on 2nd May

KL on 2nd May

 Photo by Seme.