Wonderful Engineering

Skyscraper of the Day: Meet The Exchange 106

The Exchange 106 is a 445.5 m (1,462 ft) tall supertall skyscraper located within the Tun Razak Exchange (TRX) area, a new financial district currently being developed in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The building has 95 habitable floors and is topped with a 65-metre (213 ft), 12-storey high illuminated crown. Construction lasted from 2016 to 2019 and averaged one floor every three days, currently it is the third tallest building in Malaysia, behind the Petronas Twin Towers, and the 21st tallest building in the world.

Designed by the inhouse architects at developer Mulia Group and Architect of Record, Peter Chan, it breaks away from the norm as most high-rise buildings are designed by specialist architecture practices such as SOM, Kohn Pedersen Fox and Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture. The 106-storey building will also offer 92 column-free office floors in Malaysia, including each averaging 34,000 square ft, which will allow for flexible layouts and open plan interior designs by tenants, making it the largest floor plate in Malaysia. The bottom five floors are reserved for retail space, with about 300,000 square ft of retail space available. In total, the tower has a net rentable area of 240,000 square metres (2.6 million square feet).

The top of the Exchange 106 features a 48-metre-high and 12-storey tall crown of triangulated and folded super clear glass at the top of the tower to provide dramatic reflections in daytime and a distinctive glow at night, while LED lights throughout the building change colours to reflect the Malaysian currency’s colours. The exterior and interior of the building were constructed and finished simultaneously, which greatly reduced the duration of construction. Inspired by Art Deco and Islamic architecture principles, the Exchange 106’s main lobby features luxurious finishings of marble cladding and English Burlwood veneer ceilings, its grandeur is furthered enhanced by a 15 meter tall ceiling height.

The Exchange 106 is expected to be the major anchor that the Tun Razak Exchange district evolves around, thus creating a new financial and civic hub in the prosperous Kuala Lumpur.