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King Power MahaNakhon, Thailand's tallest building, officially opens

by Hannah Grogan on Nov 26, 2018 in Architecture , Developments
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Büro Ole Scheeren's King Power MahaNakhon in Bangkok, Thailand’s tallest building finally marks its completion with the opening of the building’s Observation Deck 

The highly-anticipated opening of King Power MahaNakhon’s Observation Deck marks the completion of Thailand's tallest building and a new architectural landmark for the city – King Power MahaNakhon

MahaNakhon (which translates to "great metropolis") has transformed Bangkok's skyline and its striking silhouette stands as an emblem of the city's rising status as a global metropolis. At 314m above ground, the Observation Deck offers 360 degree views of the urban landscape and Chao Phraya River below. it is open to the public and the city's annual 20 million tourists. Twilight at Mahanakhon Tower and the cityscape of BangkokThe 77-storey complex embodies a radical manifestation of the potential of the skyscraper to invigorate its urban context. The design dismantles the traditional formula of an inert and hermetic totem by opening up the tower to reveal the scale of human inhabitation inside the building. Characterised by its distinctive sculptural profile and the three-dimensional pixelated ribbon that coils around its full height, the building unveils its inner life and projects the image of human activity to the surrounding city and beyond. 

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"The idea behind MahaNakhon was to take the life of the city and bring it up the tower in a dramatic, spiraling movement," said Ole Scheeren, Principal of Büro Ole Scheeren."Even the very top of the tower is surrendered to the public, so there is not only a public square at the ground, but human activity rises along the pixelated shaft to the top floors of the building which are given back to the public domain. It is a project that is strongly embedded in the city and the public realm, and expressively proclaims itself as an active part of it." MahaNakhon by Buro Ole Scheeren © Buro-OS_02 Photo by Srirath SomsawatMahaNakhon by Buro Ole Scheeren © Buro-OS_05 Photo by Srirath SomsawatA vast sheet of glass is extruded from the building's top and floats 300m above the city below. Dubbed the "Skytray", this 4.5m x 17.5m large, walkable glass platform evokes one of the most thrilling and immersive experiences of vertigo worldwide and is set to become Bangkok's most exhilarating tourist destination. MahaNakhon by Buro Ole Scheeren © Buro-OS_07 Photo by Wison TungthunyaMahaNakhon by Buro Ole Scheeren © Buro-OS_10 Photo by Wison Tungthunya

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