Bold Contemporary Architecture: Ole Scheeren’s MahaNakhon Skyscraper

MahaNakhon is an ambitious complex of contemporary architecture and urbanism in Thailand and the tallest building in Bangkok with a fantastical light show display.
The architectural project began as a design by Ole Scheeren for local firm Pace Development and was completed by his own firm following his departure from OMA in 2010.

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The design concept behind the MahaNakhon is deconstructing the traditional tower typology ” creating a skyscraper that melds with the city by gradually ‘dissolving’ as it flows downward to meet the ground.

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MahaNakhon is a new 77-storey high-rise complex located in Bangkok’s Central Business District. The tower contains 200 serviced apartments operated by hotelier Ritz-Carlton and a 150-room boutique Bangkok Edition hotel run by  Marriot International and Ian Schrager, as well as several restaurants and luxury shops.

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MahaNakhon Square, the area in front of the modern building, is designed as a dynamic public plaza, a spot for planned and spontaneous cultural events, a landscaped retreat for the city’s inhabitants, and a rare venue for cultural and social interaction.

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Mahanakhon Tower has been meticulously shaped to introduce three-dimensional pixels that fold up the tower’s full height to reveal the interior life of the building. The pixels have been designed to maximize unobstructed views over the city and Chaophraya river.

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The luxury residences are in the non-pixelated area of MahaNakhon enjoy double-height living spaces. The top of the skyscraper houses a three-floor sky bar and restaurant with an outdoor rooftop bar that offers panoramic views 310 meters above the city.

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This project was captured by the British photographers Hufton + Crow through their lens they framed Büro Ole Scheeren’s ‘dissolving’ MahaNakhon tower in Bangkok.

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Photography by Hufton + Crow

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