The ‘Pixelated’ MahaNakhon Tower in Bangkok Is Now Open

Büro Ole Scheeren’s ambitious ‘pixelated’ MahaNakhon skyscraper has finally been completed in Bangkok. Characterised by cuboid cutaways that spiral up its façade, the building is now officially the second tallest building in Thailand.

The 77-storey MahaNakhon – which translates as “great metropolis” – is now open. Coming in at 314 metres high, the skyscraper was the tallest building in Thailand when it topped out in 2015, but has since been overtaken by a residential tower which is just one metre taller.

The completion this week was marked when the building’s ‘skytrap’ was opened to the public. Sitting at the top of the building, the walkable sheet of glass floats 300 meters above the city below. The Bangkok tourist board hope the experience will become Bangkok’s ‘most exhilarating tourist destination.’


According to designer Ole Scheeren, “The idea behind MahaNakhon was to take the life of the city and bring it up the tower in a dramatic, spiralling movement,” adding, “it’s a project that is strongly embedded in the city and the public realm.’


The design of MahaNakhon is anything but generic by gradually ‘dissolving’ as it flows downward to meet the ground. Inside, the tower contains a 150-room hotel and 200 serviced apartments operated by the Ritz-Carlton, with various other complexes on the lower levels including restaurants, cafes and luxury shops. There’s also a rooftop Sky Bar and restaurant.

Check out the images of MahaNakhon below and see more of Ole Scheeren’s works over at the Büro Ole Scheeren Website.


In other architecture news, last week Steven Chilton Architects (SCA) submitted a design for a new theatre in Guangzhou, China, inspired by ancient Chinese puzzle balls carved from ivory.