Surpassing the Tokyo Skytree at 634 m (2,080 ft) will be Malaysia’s very own 678.9-metre-tall Merdeka 118 Tower, which has also been touted as the world’s second tallest building.
The Merdeka 118 and the whole precinct’s development is a 19-acre land funded by Permodalan Nasional Berhad (PNB), with a budget of RM5 billion (US$1.21 billion).
The skyscraper will be Malaysia’s tallest structure when it is finished mid-2023. It will include 400,000 square metres of residential, hotel, and commercial space which will be built in three parts.
The 118 Mall & Observation Deck
The Merdeka 118 Tower will have 100 storeys of rentable space, with 83 storeys of office space, 12 storeys of hotel rooms, 5 storeys of hotel apartments, and the highest viewing deck in Southeast Asia on the observatory floor.
It includes two viewing decks, one inside the structure and the other inside the spire, as well as a shopping and business district called 118 Mall. On top of that, four acres of urban and linear park will surround it.
A must-visit attraction at the Merdeka 118 tower will be at Level 116 (mezzanine), where South-East Asia’s highest observation deck is located. Tickets will be sold online for those who are interested in a super view of Kuala Lumpur’s skyline.
Elevators, leisure and maintenance facilities, as well as up to 8,500 parking spaces, are all included in the non-rentable space. The project’s developer, Permodalan Nasional Berhad (PNB), and its affiliates will have exclusive use of 60 of the project’s 80 stories of office space.
To represent the plurality of Malaysians, the skyscraper is constructed with a variety of diamond-shaped glass facades.
The design of the building was created to replicate and draw inspiration from Tunku Abdul Rahman’s “Merdeka!” scream and outstretched hand gesture as he declared Malaysia’s independence on August 31, 1957.
Park Hyatt Hotel Malaysia
Furthermore, the top 17 floors will house the first and only Park Hyatt Hotel in Malaysia. Park Hyatt will offer a range of rooms and suites with panoramic views of the Kuala Lumpur skyline along with Park Hyatt’s fine dining experience.
According to The Star, PNB Merdeka Ventures Sdn Bhd chief executive officer Tengku Datuk Ab Aziz Tengku Mahmud said the rate of construction was currently on track, reaching 92%. Where the offices can move in first while the hotel will be ready by the third quarter of 2023.