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