This article needs to be updated. In particular: article should mention Pace Development's financial difficulties following the building's completion and the purchase of the building by King Power in 2018.(April 2018)
The building as of July 2016
|Status||Completed - As of March 3, 2018 access to the main building is still not open or complete.|
|Type||Residential, retail, hotel|
|Location||114 Naradhiwas Rajanagarindra Road, Bang Rak, Bangkok, Thailand|
|Construction started||20 June 2011|
|Opening||August 29, 2016 - The building will not be completed until the end of 2017|
|Owner||Pace Development Corporation Plc.|
|Roof||314 m (1,030 ft)|
|Floor area||150,000 m2 (1,600,000 sq ft)|
|Design and construction|
MahaNakhon (Thai: มหานคร) is a mixed-use skyscraper in the Silom/Sathon central business district of Bangkok, Thailand. It was opened in December 2016. It features the unconventional appearance of a glass curtain walled square tower with a cuboid-surfaced spiral cut into the side of the building. Following transfer of the first residential units in April 2016, at 314.2 metres (1,031 ft) with 77 floors, it was recognized as the tallest building in Thailand on 4 May 2016 by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH). Featuring hotel, retail and residences, 200 units of The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Bangkok inside the building are priced between around US$1,100,000 to US$17,000,000, making it one of the most expensive condominiums in Bangkok.
Details of the MahaNakhon development were announced on 27 May 2009. The development team included German architect Ole Scheeren, former partner of the design firm Office for Metropolitan Architecture; Thai company Pace Development; David Collins Studio in London; and Industrial Buildings Corporation (IBC). In 2015 PACE bought the remaining shares of former partner IBC, thus becoming the sole project developer. The groundbreaking ceremony was held on 20 June 2011, the building was topped off in 2015, and was completed in 2016. The total project value as a result of pricing changes during the course of construction reached 21 billion baht (US$620 million).
In October 2013, construction of the smaller CUBE building was finished. At that time the main tower reached the 4th floor, growing at the rate of approximately two to three storeys per month. As of September 2014, construction of the main tower reached the 45th floor, and in December 2014 the building had reached the 60th floor. In April 2015, PACE revealed that the tower had reached its full height and was topped off at 314 meters, making it the tallest building in Bangkok. Finally in 2016, the CTBUH recognized the building as completed.
Design and location
The tower is the shape of a square prism with the appearance of a rough spiral with cuboidal surfaces cut into the side of the building. The building features a pixelated ribbon that swirls around the exterior, peeling back its surface layer to expose an inner layer, creating balconies with views of the city. The glass walls are divided horizontally and vertically, adding to the building's "pixelated" appearance. Its height surpassed that of the Baiyoke Tower II's record of 304 metres (997 ft) at the time of completion in 2016, making it the 88th tallest building in the world.
Among the features of the building are: 10,000 square metres (110,000 sq ft) of retail space (MahaNakhon CUBE and MahaNakhon HILL Retail components); 209 residences serviced by Ritz-Carlton, which, with prices ranging from approximately 42 – 500 million baht (US$1.2 - 14m), are among the highest prices asked for Thai luxury real estate, freehold or leasehold in Bangkok; the Bangkok Edition boutique hotel, with 150 rooms, to be operated by Ritz-Carlton which is part of Marriott International in collaboration with boutique hotel creator Ian Schrager; as well as a rooftop bar and observation deck. MahaNakhon features Thailand's first L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon (Bangkok), Thailand's first restaurant by Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto, Thailand's first Vogue Lounge, and the largest Dean & DeLuca in Thailand.
In January 2013, PACE Development announced the sale of the highest-price condominium penthouse in Thailand at MahaNakhon, a two floor, 1,500-square-metre (16,000 sq ft) residence costing 480 million baht.
PACE Development has marketed MahaNakhon overseas, including in the Middle East, the first time that a Thai property developer has marketed Thai property in the Middle East as well as in Hong Kong and Singapore.
In September 2014, Ritz-Carlton Residences, Bangkok at MahaNakhon, was named "Best Luxury Condo Development 2014 (Bangkok)" at the Thailand Property Awards. In October 2014, The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Bangkok at MahaNakhon was named "Best Thailand Development 2014" and "Best Luxury Condominium Southeast Asia 2014" at the SE Asia Property Awards.
In 2015, MahaNakhon was recognised at the Asia-Pacific Property Awards, winning three major awards including Best Mixed Use, Best Residential, and Best Residential Highrise.
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- Official website
- The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Bangkok Official website
- MahaNakhon at Emporis
- PACE Development Corporation PLC website
- Facebook page with ongoing construction updates
- Article "MahaNakhon, pixelised building of Bangkok"