One of the tallest building in Thailand, MahaNakhon – a name that translates as “great metropolis” – is defined by a pixelated form with cuboid cutaways that spiral up its facades. The building with a spiral-shaped facade is topped with a walkable glass observation deck that offers 360-degree views across the city.
The observation deck includes a glass deck that is cantilevered out from the building to give visitors views directly down to the ground more that 300 metres below.
Named the Skytray, the walkable glass platform measures 4.5 by 17.5 metres.
“The idea behind MahaNakhon was to take the life of the city and bring it up the tower in a dramatic, spiralling movement,” said Ole Scheeren, principal of Büro Ole Scheeren.
At a height of 314 metres, the skyscraper was the tallest building in Thailand when it topped out in 2015, although it has since lost the title to a residential tower that is one metre taller.
Inside, the tower contains a 150-room hotel and 200 serviced apartments, with several restaurants and luxury shops on the lower levels.
“The building is an exploration of bringing the inside and the outside closer together and to create living spaces that float high above the city,” said Scheeren.
“You can step out onto the terraces and transition to the open air, as people in the tropics live in a fluid condition between interior and exterior spaces. We are literally carving those possibilities into the tower and make these qualities accessible at staggering heights.”
The building is topped with an observation deck that offers 360-degree views across the city.