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The world’s second-tallest building is now complete [photos]

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The world’s second-tallest building is now complete [photos]

 

The world’s second-tallest building has now reached its maximum height – and it’s a sight to behold, as pictures show.

Merdeka 118 topped out last month in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, with the completion of the spire at its tip – making the skyscraper a staggering 2,227ft (678.9m) tall. This means it’s more than double the height of London’s Shard, which is 1,017ft (310m) high.

The 118-storey behemoth, which is set to open by the end of next year, has knocked the 2,073ft- (632m) high Shanghai Tower in China off its perch as the world’s second-tallest tower. Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, however, is still No.1 at a whopping 2,717ft (828m) in height.

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The fourth-tallest building in the world is the Abraj Al-Bait Clock Tower in Saudia Arabia (1,972ft/601m), followed by the Ping An International Finance Centre (1,966ft/599.1m) in Shenzhen, China.

Merdeka 118, which is officially classed as a ‘megatall’ skyscraper, was designed to overlook a significant historical landmark in Kuala Lumpur – Stadium Merdeka, the site of the declaration of independence of the country in 1957.

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The sleek exterior of the tower, which was designed by the Australian firm Fender Katsalidis Architects, is made up of triangular glass panels, inspired by shapes ‘found in traditional Malaysian arts and crafts’.

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