German architect’s “Pixelated tower” has become Thailand’s tallest building

A 314m "pixelated" tower has been completed in Bangkok, and has become the tallest building in the country.

Designed by German architect Ole Scheeren, the 77-storey MahaNakhon tower is located in the capital’s financial district, with a direct link to the Chongnonsi Skytrain station.

The 150,000 square metre development will contain 200 serviced apartments, a retail centre with restaurants and cafes, a 150-room boutique hotel and a rooftop Sky Bar.

According to the architect, the design is intended to "dismantle" the familiar tower-and-podium typology, creating a building that "melds with the city by gradually dissolving as it flows downward to meet the ground".

The structure has been "carved" to create a 3D ribbon of architectural pixels that "coil up the tower’s full height to reveal the inner life of the building".

An adjacent tower, called "the Cube", houses an outdoor atrium, containing a "network of social, dining, and leisure spaces that serve the residences and the public".

A landscaped public plaza called MahaNakhon Square will be located at the front of the tower will host spontaneous cultural events and act as a "landscaped retreat for the city’s inhabitants".

Images via Buro Ole Scheeren Group

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  1. Architect is presumably a Jenga enthusiast.

  2. To the architect’s perception his design is conveying a very pertinent message to the people of Bangkok! However surely he should realise that the actual message he is trying to convey may be vastly misinterpreted by the vast majority of humanity when they gaze at this highly unusual structure!

  3. Wind flow and microclimatic conditions around pixelated areas would be interesting to see

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