Architectural Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur doesn’t necessarily rank among the top destinations in the world for architecture buffs but that doesn’t mean there isn’t some interesting subjects for travelers with an architectural interest. The most well known structure in this city is, of course, the Petronas Towers which I highlighted in a previous post. Although a lot of modern architecture in Kuala Lumpur, including the Petronas Towers, were designed with specific elements that represent an Islamic design aesthetic, many of the buildings surrounding the towers have the typical bland, boxy design of your everyday office tower.

Petronas Towers Plaza

Petronas Towers Plaza - Kuala Lumpur

The Islamic design details can be seen in the photo below of the Old Railway Station, with the corner turrets that mimic the minarets found on many mosques, as well as the arched passageway in the following image of the Sultan Abdul Samad building near Merdaka Square.

Old Railway Station

Old Railway Station - Kuala Lumpur


Sultan Abdul Samad - Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur is a relatively young city by historical world standards, having been established sometime in the 1850s. As such there isn’t much in the way of really old structures. The older buildings you’ll find, generally found centered around Chinatown and Little India, tend to be a mix of traditional Chinese and Malay with some colonial architectural elements thrown in.

This final image below is of the Puduraya Bus Station near Chinatown. I really enjoyed how the morning light enhanced the pattern of the wavy elements in the building façade.


Ripples - Kuala Lumpur

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