The 23-year reign of Chicago’s Sears Tower as the world’s tallest building apparently is over now that steel spires are in place atop identical, side-by-side towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Completed a month earlier than expected, the pinnacles bring the uppermost point of the twin office buildings a mere 33 feet higher than Sears’ roof.
But that’s enough for an international skyscraper council, which is expected to reject an argument next month that the 110-story Sears Tower remains the titleholder.
This marks the first time an Asian country has claimed the title of world’s tallest. And it means Chicago has lost a distinction prized by everyone from office workers to visitors at the Sears SkyDeck.