MahaNakhon – Thailand’s pixelated tallest building

Date:13 September 2016 Author: Nikky Knijf Tags:, , , , , , ,

MahaNakhon is the tallest building in Thailand and probably the most pixelated skyscraper in the world.

Designed by Ole Scheeren, principal architect at the firm of Büro Ole Scheeren, MahaNakhon was designed to represent a building dissolving into the city. However many Internet users and media outlets say the building looks pixelated.

MahaNakhon is 77 stories tall, is fitted with 22 lifts and cost about $650 million (more than R9 billion) to complete. Although it beats Baiyoke Tower II for the tallest building in the country by 33 feet, it is only the 88th tallest building in the world.

The skyscraper and its surrounding complex is located in Bangkok’s Central Business District, close to public transport routes. The complex also has direct access to the Chongnonsi BTS Skytrain station.  Inside the building is a multi-level retail centre, 200 apartments and a 150-room boutique hotel.

From 2017 the building’s observatory will be open to the public. Located on the building’s top three levels, the observatory gives visitors a 360-degree unobstructed view of Bangkok.

Five facts about MahaNakhon:

1. MahaNakhon comes from the Thai language name for Bangkok: Krung Thep Mahanakhon.

2. MahaNakhon means “great metropolis”.

3. Construction of the building began in 2012 and was completed in the first quarter of 2016, although it will only be open to the public as of mid 2017.

4. The building and its complex is environmentally friendly and treats its own waste water before release into Bangkok’s sewerage system.

5. The entrance to the building sports a 1 000 square metre LED “wall” that continuously shares information, news and advertising.

Watch the video below for more info about MahaNakhon. You can also click here to see the building’s light show in celebration of it being Thailand’s tallest building.

Image credit: Buro Ole Scheeren

Video credit: PACE Development

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