Thailand has new offering for local and foreign tourists with its new city’s tallest building, just a few of the scenes that will pull at the camera lenses of visitors to the Sky Observation Deck and Bar atop, presenting MahaNakhon.
The 314-meter building’s structure are done but the rooftop attraction is yet to come. MahaNakhon has its very own cantilevered glass floor — won’t open till 2018.
In an interview with CNN, project’s creator, Pace Development CEO Sorapoj Techakraisri said the rooftop is currently has a mass of scaffolding, concrete and steel.
He also said the rooftop requires a huge leap of imagination to envision as an attraction on its final form, when looking at the empty frame where the glass floor will sit you can almost hear the terrified squeals of tourists creeping across it to pose for photos.
Due to open at the end of this year, the 314-foot building will feature a hotel, observatory and multiple dining options.
With the completion of the structure, MahaNakhon knocked out previous “Thailand’s highest building” titleholder Baiyoke Tower II, a 304-meter-high hotel in the city’s Pratunam district completed in 1997.
As of now, MahaNakhon is the fourth-highest building in Southeast Asia, falling behind Kuala Lumpur’s twin Petronas Towers and Hanoi’s Keangnam Hanoi Landmark Tower.
Like something created by the mind of a skilled Minecrafter, MahaNakhon’s striking steel and glass figure rises into the sky, a three-dimensional strip of “pixels” weaving its way down the building — an architectural trick achieved through the construction of “sky boxes.”
“We hope that this would be something that Bangkok people would be proud of, as the architectural landmark shows another side of Bangkok to the world,” says Techakraisri.
The CEO says he wants MahaNakhon to offer visitors a new perspective on the city.
“People know Bangkok for tourism, for service, for food, for culture, but they don’t realize that we [also have] quite a big economy, and I think to have a modern, very international level of architecture, would send a very different message to the people in the world,” he says.
Asked on the inspiration of the design, he says its part if the city which carries special meaning.
“MahaNakhon is actually part of the Thai name for Bangkok city — Krung Thep Mahanakhon — which means ‘city of angels, the great metropolis,'” says Techakraisri.
“We feel that Bangkok is known for many things but we would also like this building to be part of the future, part of what people would remember — [that] Bangkok is a great metropolis.”
Based on the assessment, MahaNakhon is a mixed-use project, worth an estimated cost of close to $1 billion.
The main MahaNakhon skyscraper has 77 floors. Floors one through 20 will feature the Bangkok Edition Hotel, a boutique hotel operated by the Ritz-Carlton.
It will have 154 guest rooms and five levels of public space. There will be a lobby bar and pool bar, a fitness center and spa.
Floors 23 to 73 are reserved for the Ritz-Carlton Residences — 209 residential units managed by the Ritz-Carlton.
Also, floor 73 is where you’ll find the penthouse Sky Residences, which range in size from 125 to 844 square meters (two to five bedrooms).
Meanwhile, levels 74-77 will be reserved for the observatory/bar.