It is official. After its grand opening early this week, MahaNakhon is now the tallest building in Thailand.
In a spectacular introduction to the public, the capital city of Bangkok was treated to a light and sound show unveiling the 1,031 ft-tall structure developed by Pace Development Corp. The 18 billion Baht (RM2.1 billion) building rises on Naradhiwas Rajanagarindra Road in the Silom business district.
Chief executive officer of Pace Development Corp, Sorapoj Techakraisri, said the high-end mixed-use property development comprises residences, retail, hotel services and a panoramic viewpoint on its top 77th floor with the “Sky Tray” glass floor. The already-opened seven-storey shopping centre named ManaNakhon CUBE and a 10,763.9sq ft activity area is located from the ground floor onwards.
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.
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.
Following transfer of the first residential units in April 2016, it has been recognised as the tallest building in the country at 1,031 ft and 77 floors.
The 200 units of The Ritz-Carlton Residences located within the structure are said to be priced between US$1.1 million and US$17 million, making it one of the most expensive condominiums in Bangkok.
For about two decades before Monday, the tallest building was the 997ft Baiyoke Tower II in Ratchathewi district in Bangkok. MahaNakhon has surpassed this and also become the 88th tallest building in the world.
According to the developer, the residential, hotel and viewpoint components will be opened next year.