Promotional rendering of the MahaNakhon project
General information
Status Under construction
Type Residential, retail, hotel
Location Narathiwat Ratchanakharin Road, Bang Rak, Bangkok, Thailand
Coordinates 13°43′27″N 100°31′42″E / 13.72417°N 100.52833°E / 13.72417; 100.52833Coordinates: 13°43′27″N 100°31′42″E / 13.72417°N 100.52833°E / 13.72417; 100.52833
Construction started 20 June 2011
Estimated completion 2014
Roof 314 m (1,030 ft)
Technical details
Floor count 77
Floor area 150,000 m2 (1,600,000 sq ft)
Design and construction
Architect Ole Scheeren, Office for Metropolitan Architecture
Developer Pace Development, Industrial Buildings Corporation

MahaNakhon is a luxury mixed-use skyscraper currently under construction in the Sathon business area of Bangkok, Thailand. Designed by German architect Ole Scheeren, it will have the unconventional appearance of a glass curtain-walled square tower with a cuboid-surfaced spiral cut into the side of the building. Upon its estimated completion in 2014, it will become the tallest building in Bangkok at 314 metres (1,030 ft) and 77 floors.



Details on the MahaNakhon project were officially announced on 23 July 2009, with designs by German architect Ole Scheeren, partner of the design firm Office for Metropolitan Architecture. The building is being developed as a joint-venture between the Thai company Pace Development Co., Ltd. and Israel-based Industrial Buildings Corporation PLC. The ground breaking ceremony was held on 20 June 2011, and completion is estimated by the year 2014. The total project value is expected to reach eighteen billion baht.[1][2]

Design and location

The tower's design will assume the a shape of a square prism with the appearance of a rough spiral with cuboidal surfaces cut into the side of the building. The glass walls are divided horizontally and vertically, adding to the building's "pixelated" appearance. Its proposed height, 314 metres (1,030 ft), with 77 floors, will make it the tallest building in Bangkok by structural height, surpassing Baiyoke Tower II's record of 304 metres (997 ft).[1][3][4]

Among the planned features of the building are: 10,000 square metres (110,000 sq ft) of luxury retail space (MahaNakhon Terraces); two hundred units of the Ritz-Carlton Residences, which, with prices starting at 250,000 baht per square meter, will be among the most expensive leases in Bangkok; the Bangkok Edition boutique hotel, with 150 rooms, to be operated by Marriott International with collaboration from Ian Schrager; as well as a roof-top bar and restaurant. The project also features a free-standing seven-storey building ("the Cube") and an outdoor plaza ("MahaNakhon Square"), which will connect the tower to the Chong Nonsi stations of the BTS Skytrain and the Bangkok BRT on Narathiwat Ratchanakharin Road.[1][2]

See also


  1. ^ a b c d Andrea Schwan Inc (23 July 2009). "Bangkok Rising: Construction to Begin on Ole Scheeren / OMA's MahaNakhon". press release. Retrieved 2009-08-09. 
  2. ^ a b c Tan, Itthiporn (9 August 2009). "Scaling the Heights in Bangkok". Brunch Magazine (Bangkok Post): pp. 8–9. Retrieved 2009-08-09. 
  3. ^ a b Heathcote, Edwin (20 July 2009). "Metaphor for a metropolis". Financial Times (The Financial Times). Retrieved 2009-08-09. 
  4. ^ a b Bangkok Public Relations Ltd (20 June 2011). "New Bangkok landmark ‘MahaNakhon’ starts rising". press release. Retrieved 15 November 2011. 

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