MahaNakhon . Bangkok

source: OMA . MahaNakhon

MahaNakhon is a new 77-storey high-rise complex located on a 3.6 acre site in Bangkok's Central Business District, with a direct link to the Chongnonsi BTS Skytrain station between Silom and Sathorn Roads. MahaNakhon will be the most ambitious complex of contemporary architecture and urbanism in Thailand and the tallest building in Bangkok.

The development, more than 150,000 square meters, will be comprised of: MahaNakhon Square, a landscaped public plaza; MahaNakhon Terraces, a 10,000 square meter upscale retail centre spread over multiple levels with restaurants, cafes and a 24-hour marketplace; the Ritz-Carlton Residences, with 200 apartments; the Bangkok Edition, a boutique hotel with 150 rooms, a collaboration between Marriott International and Ian Schrager; and a rooftop Sky Bar and restaurant.

MahaNakhon Tower itself has been carefully carved to introduce a three-dimensional ribbon of architectural pixels that coil up the tower's full height, as if excavating portions of the glass curtain wall to reveal the inner life of the building. This creates an arresting profile for MahaNakhon on the skyline while generating a set of specific features – projecting glass skyboxes with sweeping views and generous indoor/outdoor spaces with plunge pools and oversized terraces – uncommon to high-rise living in metropolises but well-suited to the tropical climate of Bangkok. The pixels have been designed to maximize unobstructed panoramas for the residences, offering rare bird's-eye views of the city and the Chaophraya River. At the same time, residences located in the non-pixelated area of the tower enjoy a parallel innovation never before seen in a skyscraper: single-level and duplex units offer grandly scaled double-height living spaces equipped with multiple bays of full-height bi-fold balcony windows – sections of curtain wall that literally fold inwards to open up homes to fresh breezes and cityscapes, allowing living areas to become indoor/outdoor environments.

The design of MahaNakhon dismantles the typical tower and podium typology, creating not a tower in isolation but instead a skyscraper that melds with the city in both literal and cultural ways by gradually 'dissolving' the architecture as it flows downward to meet the ground, and upward into the sky. This is achieved through a series of generous cascading indoor/outdoor terraces at The Hill – the base of the tower that accommodates retail and entertainment – where the architecture evokes the shifting protrusions of a mountain landscape. The Hill's terraces merge into cultivated gardens that give way to the city's own green swaths.

The MahaNakhon complex also features an adjacent freestanding seven-storey building known as the Cube, with terraces corresponding to those of the Hill across the expanse of an outdoor atrium. The outdoor atrium forms a valley, offering a network of social spaces with an extensive and carefully selected mix of dining and leisure facilities that serve the public via an above-ground pedestrian link to the Skytrain, the plaza, the Ritz-Carlton Residences in the main tower of MahaNakhon, as well as guests of the Bangkok Edition hotel.

MahaNakhon Square, located in front of the tower, is also intimately connected to the space between The Hill and Cube. This dynamic public plaza – intended as a meeting place, a spot for planned and spontaneous cultural events – will be a landscaped retreat for the city's inhabitants, a rare venue for cultural and social interaction, with direct connection to the Chongnonsi Skytrain station and the future bus transit system.

The top of the tower houses a three-floor Sky Bar and restaurant with double-height spaces, private dining facilities, and a rooftop outdoor bar with 360° views, floating 310 meters above the city.

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