Watch the vertigo-inducing moment influencer perches on top of the world’s second highest building – the 2,227ft Merdeka 118 tower in Malaysia
- Russian free-climber Angela Nikolau posted videos and photos of the climb
- She said it is ‘the most beautiful skyscraper’ she has ever visited
- Footage shows her striking poses and taking in the impressive city views
A Russian free-climber has sent the world of social media into a spin after posting a vertigo-inducing clip of herself perched on the edge of the world’s second highest building.
Angela Nikolau, 29, scaled the 2,227ft Merdeka Tower in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, with her boyfriend Ivan Beerkus. She noted that it is ‘the most beautiful skyscraper’ she has ever visited.
The video accompanying the post shows her dressed in red, dangling her legs over the side of the tower and playfully sunning herself, with the vast cityscape below her.
Nikolau and Beerkus are known for climbing tall buildings all over the world and taking selfies from the top of them.
Angela Nikolau, 29, (pictured) scaled the 2,227ft Merdeka Tower in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, with her boyfriend Ivan Beerkus. She noted that it is ‘the most beautiful skyscraper’ she has ever visited
On Twitter Nikolau wrote: ‘I fell in love with the Merdeka 118 Tower the moment I saw it. I felt an instant spiritual connection. Such a majestic building in the middle of an amazing city – I had to discover and share the views with others.’
She added: ‘I started the mission. I was wearing a hijab, glasses and a builder’s uniform to look as unnoticeable as possible. I ran the first 32 floors and got overheated. I had to lie down on the concrete floor naked to cool down a little bit. I drank all the water I had.’
Nikolau also noted that she had rented an apartment with a good view of the tower, so that she could conduct survelliance of the building. She spent several weeks researching details that would help her with the climb.
Nikolau posted other images and videos of her Merdeka Tower adventures on Instagram.
On Twitter Nikolau wrote: ‘I fell in love with the Merdeka 118 Tower the moment I saw it. I felt an instant spiritual connection. Such a majestic building in the middle of an amazing city – I had to discover and share the views with others’
In one post she said: ‘I have climbed the second highest building in the world – MERDEKA TOWER! That’s the most beautiful skyscraper where I’ve ever been.’
Another post shows her doing a yoga-like pose at the top of the tower as the camera zooms out to display an impressive view of the high rises and mountainous backdrop.
A third post shows her at the top of the tower posing and playing with her hair.
Nikolau’s Instagram account is full of glamourous photos of her adventures.
Her social accounts describe her as being the ‘world’s most extreme roofer girl inspired by art and heights’, as well as an extreme creator and a painter.
Malaysian police said in December that they were investigating Nikolau and Beerkus for trespassing.
The 118-storey Merdeka Tower is due for completion by mid-2023, according to the developer. A hotel will take up the top 17 floors.
PNB Merdeka Ventures Sdn Bhd chief executive officer Tengku Datuk Ab Aziz Tengku Mahmud said in August: ‘The offices can move in first while the hotel will be [ready] by the third quarter of next year’.
The building is dwarfed only by the 2,716 ft Burj Khalifa in Dubai, which opened on January 4, 2010.