Two years from now, Kuala Lumpur has to hand over the distinction of having the Tallest Buildings in Southeast Asia to Jakarta. New comer Hanoi would have 3 in the 10 Tallest but Bangkok and Singapore would be out of the Top 10.
The Menara Jakarta soars to a whopping 1,830 ft (347 ft taller than the Petronas) is under construction since April 2004 and will be completed in 2009. It would be the Tallest Tower in the World; 16 ft taller than CN Tower in Canada. *Go Jakarta! Make us proud!*
Another twin towers are under speedy construction in Hanoi, Vietnam. The Landmark Twin Towers would be the 4th and the 5th tallest buildings in our region at 1,246 ft high. Hanoi would also claim the 7th spot for the 1,102 ft tall Hanoi Landmark Tower.
Bangkok’s Bayoke II is currently the 4th tallest but by 2010, it would be No.12. Although Bangkok would lose this distinction, another Thai city would enter the Top 10 – the Ocean One in Pattaya City would be 1,204 ft tall with 91 floors. *I own 2 units here! Ha!*
Manila’s tallest building would be The Skycity (1,099 ft) which would replace the current 8th PBCom Tower by 2012. PBCom Tower would go down to 19th place. Skycity is the building that was rumored to displace the Petronas according to my sources – but drastic changes of plans, bad finances and construction currently on hold makes it “not quite enough”.
The 1,072 ft tall Airlangga Residences Tower 1 in Jakarta would be the 9th tallest in SE Asia by 2010. Builders of Airlangga are claiming it would be the Tallest Residential Building in the Southern Hemisphere; but this distinction would be held by the taller Ocean One in Pattaya, Thailand.
The construction of the Lopez Center Tower in the Manila has just started a few months ago. When it’s completed in 2010, it would be 1,050 ft tall making it the 10th tallest in our region.
This is how the list of the 10 Tallest Buildings in SE Asia would look like a few years from now (unless somebody changes plan or some honcho is building a skyscraper underground!):
1. Menara Jakarta /1,830 ft / Jakarta, Indonesia
2&3. Petronas Twin Towers (currently 1&2) / 1,483 ft / Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
4&5. Landmark Twin Towers / 1,246ft / Hanoi, Vietnam
6. Ocean One / 1,204 ft / Pattaya, Thailand
7. Hanoi Landmark Tower / 1,102 ft / Hanoi, Vietnam
8. Skycity / 1,099 ft / Manila, Philippines
9. Airlangga Residences Tower 1 / 1,072 ft / Jakarta, Indonesia
10. Lopez Center Tower (under construction) / 1,050 ft / Manila, Philippines
And how the current ones would fare:
11. Menara Telekom (currently 3rd) / 1,017 ft / Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
12. Bayoke2 (currently 4th) / 997 ft / Bangkok, Thailand
13. Bitexco (under construction) / 984 ft / Saigon, Vietnam
14. Saigon Financial Tower (under construction) / 958 ft / Saigon, Vietnam
15. The Landmark (under construction) / 951 ft / Hanoi, Vietnam
16. OUB Plaza (currently 5th) / 919 ft / Singapore
16. UOB Plaza (currently 5th) / 919 ft / Singapore
16. Republic Plaza (currently 5th) / 919 ft / Singapore
17. Lot C KLCC (under construction) / 876 ft / Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
18. The River Residential (under construction) / 872 ft / Bangkok, Thailand
19. PBCom Tower (currently 8th) / 848 ft / Manila, Philippines
20. Capital Tower (currently 9th) / 833 ft / Singapore
21. Wisma46 (currently 10th) / 820 ft / Jakarta, Indonesia
Build on! And make us proud!
--Pisanu in Kuala Lumpur
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