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The Menara Komtar is one of the most iconic buildings in Malaysia. It is located in the city centre of Georgetown in Penang where it has a strong symbolic design. Known as Kompleks Tun Abdul Razak, it is located along Jalan Penang and houses many commercial offices as well as government departments including the Chief Minister of Penang’s office.
The Menara Komtar stands at 231.7 meters high with 65 floors of offices and commercial lots. Its circular structure makes Menara Komtar visible from all sides and directions which started construction in 1974. At a cost of RM207 million, the building was completed in 1986 that came with more than 760,000 square feet of floor area. The architects involved in this building were known as Architects Team 3 and was built by Jurubena Bertiga International Sdn Bhd.
To date, Menara Komtar is the tallest building in Penang and is the sixth tallest building in Malaysia. In Georgetown, the capital of Penang, it dominates the skyline of the city. Before Menara Maybank’s construction was completed, Menara Komtar was the tallest building in Malaysia for almost 3 years. It was then the second tallest building in Asia where the tallest peak was Tokyo’s Sunshine 60 building.
Apart from offices and corporate spaces, Menara Komtar houses a multipurpose complex which is made up of retail outlets and administrative offices while at the foot of the building is the transportation hub that provides access to public and express buses as well as taxi services with roads used by public vehicles and other motorists.