Photo Credit: Yik Keat © Singapore Tourism Board 2023

Views from Merdeka 118’s observation deck. Image courtesy of Daniel Safarik

By articulating the tower’s structural pathways with a combination of differentiated glazing and internal illumination, Merdeka 118’s crystalline form reveals itself, day and night, as a unified composition of disparate facets, patterns, and textures. As such, it is a metaphor for the myriad states, territories, ethnicities, and cultures that comprise Malaysia and evokes the designs of traditional Malaysian arts and crafts. Diamond-shaped in plan, Merdeka 118 is sited on axis with neighboring Stadium Negara, to the east, and a new lineal park to the west of Stadium Merdeka; the latter providing both a concourse for stadium attendees and formal access to the tower’s upper lobby level. 

The 118-story Merdeka 118 is the second tallest building in the world. Image © Fender Katsalidis Architects

Located in Kuala Lumpur, PMVSB is a wholly owned subsidiary of Permodalan Nasional Berhad (PNB), incorporated in 2000 to develop the Merdeka 118 Precinct, and the sole custodian of both Stadium Merdeka and Stadium Negara. Both stadiums were designated national heritage sites in 2005, under the National Heritage Act 2005. Thereafter, PMVSB carried out meticulous conservation efforts, earning Stadium Merdeka the UNESCO Award of Excellence for Culture Heritage Conservation Program (Asia Pacific) in 2008.

Photo Credit: Jonathan for SingapoRediscovers © Singapore Tourism Board 2023

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