More than 1,030 feet tall, the MahaNakhon tower just built in Bangkok’s financial district is the tallest building in the country. The skyscraper was designed by Ole Scheeren, formerly a partner at OMA, to have a sort of boxy gash spiraling up the exterior of the building as though the structure was made of thousands of giant cubes in the midst of rearranging themselves.
Scheeren hopes the design will challenge the more typical monolith-style of the average tall tower and create the visual effect of disintegration.
The roughly 1.6 billion-square-foot building will house 200 luxury Ritz-Carlton apartments selling for $1.4 million to $10 million a pop, in addition to a 150-room boutique hotel, 10,000 square feet of retail space, and a rooftop bar. There’s also a Dean & DeLuca in the building— no surprise, since the building’s developer, Sorapoj Techakraisri, bought the upmarket grocery chain in 2014.
Construction kicked off for the building in 2011 and was supposed to wrap in 2014. At the end of August 2016, the tower was finally deemed complete with a black-tie party and epilepsy-inducing light show.
The total project cost for the tower has been estimated $620 million.