MahaNakhon

Buro Ole Scheeren

 

MahaNakhon, which translates as “great metropolis”, has transformed Bangkok’s skyline and its striking silhouette stands as an emblem of the city’s rising status as a global city. The 77-storey complex embodies a radical manifestation of the potential of the skyscraper to invigorate its urban context. Characterized by its distinctive sculptural profile and the three-dimensional pixelated ribbon that coils around its full height of 314 meters, the building reveals its inner life and projects the image of human activity and inhabitation to the surrounding city and beyond. MahaNakhon dismantles the traditional formula of a seamless, inert, glossy totem, and instead actively engages the city: its pixilated and carved profile opens and connects to the surrounding urban fabric. What from a distance evokes a sense of being unfinished – a tower still in the making – reveals itself to be not a formal gesture, but a geometric ‘erosion’ that generates actual living spaces: terraces, balconies, floating living rooms and apartments with sweeping views that merge the tropical outdoors with the indoors. The 150,000 square meter development comprises a dynamic public plaza, a multi-level retail center with restaurants, cafes, and 24-hour marketplace; 200 serviced apartments, a 150 room boutique hotel, a rooftop Sky Bar and restaurant as well as an integrated link to the Skytrain. Floating 314 meters above the ground, the building’s Observation Deck offers spectacular 360 degree views of the bustling urban landscape and Chao Phraya River below and is open to the public and Bangkok’s annual 20 million tourists.

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