The world’s second tallest building, located in the commercial capital of the bustling Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur, is now a real thing.
Das Chitra Mosque, officially Malaysia’s tallest building, now tops out at 395 meters (or about 1,138 feet), The Financial Times reported Thursday. The double dome structure rises steeply with glass platforms, its vaults wider than most people’s first floor, adding up to a distended 28 floors of its own.
It’s broken down into 34 small elevators, each capable of reaching up to 370 feet in height, driven by a monumental mechanical system that also provides for adequate space for worshippers to enter and exit during morning prayers.
The building is the result of years of planning and construction in Malaysia that has earned the Southeast Asian nation a global reputation for its interior architecture.
The distinction of having Asia’s tallest building was won by Burj Khalifa, which topped out at 828 meters (or 2,716 feet) in 2012. However, the observation deck of the Dubai skyscraper sits above a series of restaurants and viewing platforms that seem permanently anchored at 570 meters (or 2,290 feet), making it currently the tallest piece of the world’s tallest skyline. The Chicago spire of Willis Tower, formerly known as the Sears Tower, measures another 177 meters (578 feet) in height.
Even so, the object of competition might be less about having a record in the world as it is about growing the number of buildings, rooftops and citymasses where they can stand. Burj Khalifa – built in partnership with Saudi Arabia – stands out in a skyline with scores of slender man-made structures either almost or in the process of being constructed.
Now, with Malaysia’s very own premium target, regional rivals will attempt to shoot past it with their own tall additions.