Fender Katsalidis’ Merdeka 118 building in Malaysia named world’s second tallest

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Fender Katsalidis’ Merdeka 118 is set to become the world’s second tallest building upon its completion next year.

The firm said their priority was for the building to “enrich the social energy and cultural fabric of the city”.

“In addition, the achievement of creating the second-tallest building in the world celebrates the years of planning, problem-solving, collaboration and human endeavour required to realise a building of this complexity,” the firm’s cofounder Karl Fender said.

Fender cofounded the firm with Greek Australian architect Epaminondas ‘Nonda’ Katsalidis in 1996.

Nonda Katsalidis and Karl Fender of Fender Katsalidis (Photo: Amelia Stanwix for The Design Files)

READ MORE: Architect, Epaminondas Katsalidis, on being a pioneer in sustainable construction innovations

“Achieving this height milestone is a welcome bonus.”

The spire of the 118-storey skyscraper covers 3.1 million square feet and has topped out at over 2,227 feet above Malaysia’s capital Kuala Lumpur.

It stands higher than China’s 2,073-foot Shanghai Tower but is dwarfed by the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.

Construction on the building will be completed in late 2022. 

Source: Architecture & Design

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