“MahaNakhon”, Thailand’s New Tallest Skyscraper, With Unique Pixelated Facade

On Monday night, Bangkok celebrated the completion of Thailand’s tallest new skyscraper, The MahaNakhon, with a dramatic light show. The building was designed by German architect Ole Scheeren.

MahaNakhon, Thailands new tallest skyscraper, with unique pixelated facade

MahaNakhon is a luxury mixed-use skyscraper located in the Silom/Sathon central business area of Bangkok, Thailand.

Designed to fit into the Thai landscape with a unique pixelated facade, it features the unconventional appearance of a glass curtain walled square tower with a cuboid-surfaced spiral cut into the side of the building.

Following transfer of the first residential units in April 2016, it has been recognized as the tallest building in Thailand on 4 May by CTBUH at 314.2 metres (1,031 ft), with 77 floors.

Featuring hotel, retail and residences, 200 units of The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Bangkok inside the building are priced between around $1,1m to $17m making it one of the most expensive condominiums in Bangkok.

Design and location

The tower’s design assumes the shape of a square prism with the appearance of a rough spiral with cuboidal surfaces cut into the side of the building.

The building features a pixilated ribbon that swirls around the exterior, peeling back its surface layer to expose an inner layer (while also creating balconies with sweeping views of the city).

This ribbon prevents the tower from overpowering the city that surrounds it, allowing the structure to, in a sense, dissolve into the landscape below.

The glass walls are divided horizontally and vertically, adding to the building’s “pixelated” appearance. Its height, 314 metres (1,030 ft), with 77 floors, now makes it the tallest building in Thailand by structural height, surpassing Baiyoke Tower II’s record of 304 metres (997 ft), and at the time of completion in 2016, making it the 88th tallest building in the world.

Among the features of the building are:

  • 10,000 square meters (110,000 sq ft) of luxury retail space;
  • 209 Residences serviced by The Ritz-Carlton, which, with prices ranging from approximately THB42 – more than THB500m (approximately 1.2m – $14m+ USD), are among the highest prices achieved for Thai luxury real estate, freehold or leasehold in Bangkok;
  • the Bangkok Edition boutique hotel, with 150 rooms, to be operated by Ritz-Carlton which is part of Marriott International in collaboration with famed boutique hotel creator Ian Schrager; as well as a roof-top bar and observation deck.
  • MahaNakhon features Thailand’s first L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon (Bangkok), Thailand’s first restaurant by Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto, Thailand’s first VOGUE Lounge and the largest Dean & DeLuca in Thailand.

The development features a free-standing seven-storey building (“the Cube”) and an outdoor plaza (“MahaNakhon Square”), which connect the tower to the Chong Nonsi station of the BTS Skytrain Silom Line and the Bangkok BRT station on Narathiwat Ratchanakharin Road.

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