‘mahanahkhon’ by ole scheeren, bangkok, thailandall images ole scheeren © OMA




german-born beijing-based architect ole scheeren presented one of his current projects ‘mahanahkhon’, a retail and residential complex in bangkok, tailand at business of design week (BODW) 2011. the 150,000 square meter development includes a 77-storey highrise tower minimal volume which has been wrapped with dissolving facade sections, creating rooms which project and recede into the building with unobstructed views of the city and chaophraya river.


a typical podium form has been replaced with a series of cascading indoor and outdoor terraces which generate multi-level retail with restaurants, cafes and a marketplace leading to a landscaped plaza and adjacent skytrain connection. the sleek portions of the elevation enclose apartments with double-height living spaces and bi-fold balcony windows which may be opened to generate indoor and outdoor environments. set at 310 meters above the city, a sky bar and restaurant tops the building, offering panoramic views of the city.

ole scheeren: mahanahkhon tower and complex with direct connection to the skytrain station

ole scheeren: mahanahkhon landscaped public plaza with multi-level retail center with restaurants

ole scheeren: mahanahkhon apartments within the dissolving portion of the facade

ole scheeren: mahanahkhon apartments overlooking the city

ole scheeren: mahanahkhon view of tower + plaza from the skytrain station

ole scheeren: mahanahkhon view of tower from context

ole scheeren: mahanahkhon rendering of dissolving facade

ole scheeren: mahanahkhon model

ole scheeren: mahanahkhon model

ole scheeren: mahanahkhon conceptual diagram

ole scheeren: mahanahkhon activity throughout the structure

ole scheeren: mahanahkhon conceptual massing

ole scheeren: mahanahkhon ground level activity diagram



project info:


project: mahanakhon type: mixed-use, high-rise status: commission 2008; completion 2014 client: pace development co., ltd. location: bangkok, thailand site: narathwas ratchanakharin road adjacent to chongnonsi sky train station scale: 150,000 m2 program: tower residences 67,000 m2, residential amenities 4,400 m2, hotel 16,600 m2, hotel amenities 11,600 m2, retail 5,900 m2, sky bar 3,500 m2, mep 5,200 m2, parking 10,400 m2. retail cube: retail 9,000 m2, mep 1,000 m2, parking 5,400 m2; offsite parking 8,300 m2 lead design consultant: OMA, beijing executive architects (and engineers): pace development co., ltd structure: arup, beijing / hong kong facade: front inc., new york lighting: isometrix, london / hong kong retail: husband retail consulting, hong kong vertical transportation: arup, beijing project management: pps, bangkok seismic and wind engineering testing: cpi, bangkok brand development / graphic design: oma beijing / 2×4, new york; jwt thailand, bangkok residences: the ritz-carlton residencies, bangkok hotel: bangkok edition hotel by marriott international in collaboration with ian schrager project imagery: OMA beijing with seventh art, new york (computer renderings), crystal cg, beijing (computer renderings), frans parthesius, rotterdam (architectural model photography)