Buro Ole Scheeren, Beijing
MahaNakhon, which translates as “The Great Metropolis”, is a new high-rise complex in the heart of Bangkok’s central business district. The development comprises a dynamic public plaza, a multi-level retail center with restaurants, cafés, and a 24-hour marketplace; 200 serviced apartments, a 150-room boutique hotel, a rooftop Sky Bar and restaurant, as well as a link to the Skytrain.
The adjacent freestanding seven-story building: the “Cube”, creates an expansive outdoor atrium, forming a “valley” of social, dining, and leisure spaces that serve both residents and the public. The design of the project dismantles the typical tower-and-podium typology, creating a skyscraper that merges with the city by gradually “dissolving” as it flows downward to meet the ground. The tower has been carefully carved to introduce a three-dimensional ribbon of architectural pixels that coil up the tower’s full height to reveal the inner life of the building. This generates a set of unique features: projecting glass skyboxes with sweeping views, and generous indoor and outdoor spaces. The pixels have been designed to maximize unobstructed panoramas and offer rare bird’s-eye views of the city and Chao Phraya River. The project utilizes passive design strategies for effective sustainable energy reductions. Integrated rainwater harvesting, landscape retention tanks, and recycled greywater systems provide landscape irrigation, reducing water consumption.