Saturday, February 02, 2008
The Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the world's second tallest buildings, were built unusually quickly. The designers decided to hire two consortia - one from Japan, the other from South Korea - to construct the two separate towers. The result was an unofficial competition to be finished first, and a 24 hour construction schedule involving up to 2000 builders working through each night, on 12 hour shifts. Eventually, and despite starting weeks behind their rivals, the South Koreans won. The towers were completed in 1998.