New Architectural Icon Completed in Bangkok

Officially the tallest building in Thailand, The MahaNakhon tower, built by German star architect Ole Scheeren, has become the new icon of Bangkok.

The MahaNakhon stands over 314 meters tall. It is a 77-storey high-rise complex located in Bangkok’s Central Business District, with a direct link to the Chong Nonsi BTS Skytrain station. The development of more than 150,000 sq.m represented a total investment of THB 18 billion (US$514 million). After a couple of opening delays, the building is now set to become a new Bangkok attraction, especially with its rooftop bar and restaurant at 310 m. Named the “Sky Tray”, the glass floor on the 77th floor offers sweeping 360° views over the entire city and the Chao Phraya river.

The MahaNakhon layout is comprised of: a landscaped public plaza; a multi-level retail centre with restaurants, cafes, and 24-hour marketplace; 200 serviced apartments operated by the Ritz-Carlton; the Bangkok Edition; and a 150 room boutique hotel in collaboration with Marriot International and Ian Schrager. According to Scheeren, MahaNakhon is the most ambitious complex of contemporary architecture and urbanism in Thailand, as well as the tallest building in Bangkok.

The design of MahaNakhon dismantles the typical tower and podium typology, creating a skyscraper that melds with the city by gradually ‘dissolving’ as it flows downward to meet the ground. A series of cascading indoor/outdoor terraces at the base of the tower accommodates retail and entertainment facilities, evoking a mountain landscape. The complex is also composed of the seven-storey building—the “Cube”—with its social, dining and leisure spaces, as well as MahaNakhon Square, designed as a dynamic public plaza, and a spot for both planned and spontaneous cultural events.

Mahanakhon Tower has been carefully carved to introduce a three-dimensional ribbon of architectural pixels that coil up the tower’s full height to reveal the inner life of the building. This generates a set of specific features—projecting glass skyboxes with sweeping views and generous indoor/outdoor spaces—uncommon to high-rise living, but well-suited to the tropical climate of Bangkok. The pixels have been designed to maximize unobstructed panoramas and offer rare birds-eye views of the city.

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