Credit: Binyan Studios/Fender Katsalidis

Located in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the skyscraper will finish construction by the end of 2022 and will be the tallest building in Southeast Asia and the second tallest in the world!

118 stories. That’s the official final number of floors for the Merdeka 118 located right in the very heart of Kuala Lumpur where Malaysian independence was declared in 1957. The location and name are important as the word “Merdeka” in Malay and Indonesian means independent or free.

The design itself was created by Australian architects, Fender Katsalidis, and is inspired by, and made to resemble, the unique silhouette of Tunku Abdul Rahman raising his hand and chanting “Merdeka” when proclaiming Malaysia’s independence.

The building will consist of 400,000sqm of residential, hotel, and commercial space. Just to throw it in there too is the highest observation deck in Southeast Asia, but that seems like a given since it’s the tallest building in the region.

The Merdeka 118 is meant to be the new focal point of the city’s skyline meaning that it will also be integrated with all the city’s rail networks and will sit near a water park and various public spaces.

One fun little feature is the 8.4km of LED light strips that surround the building and will be illuminated at night with a light show that moves from corner to corner. That sounds like it’s terrible for the environment, but the building has received a platinum rating with three Green Building certification bodies: Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), Green Building Index, and Green RE.

Founding partner of Fender Katsalidis, Karl Fender, said of the Merdeka 118, “We feel incredibly proud to have contributed to the creation of this building and its host of community assets which enrich one of the most culturally significant sites in Malaysia. First and foremost, our priority was to respect this site and harness every opportunity to create a tower that enriched the social energy and cultural fabric of the city.”

If you find that interesting, check out the upcoming floating city expected off the coast of South Korea in 2025.

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