Southeast Asia’s tallest building to open in KL soon

Exchange 106 in Tun Razak Exchange, Kuala Lumpur, has dethrone Vietnam’s 469.5m-high Landmark 81 project as the region’s tallest building. (Bernama pic)

PETALING JAYA: Southeast Asia’s tallest building – the Exchange 106 in Kuala Lumpur – is ready for occupation.

Standing at 492m, Exchange 106 overtakes the 452m-high Petronas Twin Towers as Malaysia’s tallest skyscraper.

It dethrones the region’s previous tallest building, Vietnam’s 469.5m-high Landmark 81 project.

Exchange 106, however, is still “dwarfed” by the tallest of them all – the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, which measures 830m at its tip.

The Exchange 106 office block is located in Tun Razak Exchange, or TRX, an upcoming financial district in Kuala Lumpur that was originally developed by 1 Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).

Exchange 106 and TRX are owned by Indonesian developer Mulia Property Development and the finance ministry.

Singapore’s Straits Times quoted Exchange 106 as saying in a statement on Wednesday that the building, whose cost has not been made public, recently received its certificate of completion and compliance, allowing tenants to move into its 4.9 million sq ft office space across 106 floors.

“Exchange 106 offers column-free and long spans of office space ranging from 22,000 sq ft to 34,000 sq ft, the largest column-less space in Malaysia. These are designed for flexible layouts and open-plan interior configurations,” the statement added.

The report quoted Joanne Ang, head of leasing for Mulia Property Development, as saying the first tenants are expected to move in by December.

But, according to Straits Times, Exchange 106 will not be Southeast Asia’s tallest for long because builders are busy completing the 500m-high Merdeka PNB 118 nearby.

Developed by Permodalan Nasional Berhad, it is expected to be ready by next year, the report said.