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After the opening of the glass-floored observatory at the top of the MahaNakhon skyscraper in Bangkok, we can now say that the second tallest building in Thailand is fully completed.

Completely designed and built by architectural studio Büro Ole Scheeren, the building has 77 floors and is set in an interesting pixel shape, and its name MahaNakhon can literally be translated as a “Great Metropolis”.

“The idea behind MahaNakhon was to take the life of the city and bring it up the tower in a dramatic, spiralling movement”, says Ole Scheeren, principal of the studio.


Being 314 meters tall, the skyscraper was the tallest building in Thailand in 2015, before the first place to be occupied by the Magnolias Waterfront – a residential building just 2 meters higher than the recently-completed giant.

MahaNakhon’s highest point is undoubtedly the observatory, which offers a 360-degree panoramic view across the city, and the entire tower is open to the public for everything – from bottom to top.

According to Scheeren, the building and its numerous balconies are designed to encourage the connection between the interior and the city.

Inside, the tower contains a hotel with 150 rooms and 200 apartments, several restaurants and luxury shops on the lower levels of the building.

Address: 114 Naradhiwas Rajanagarindra Road, Bang Rak, Bangkok, Thailand
Height: 314 meters
Number of floors: 77
Architectural firm: Büro Ole Scheeren

Photography is by Srirath Somsawat.

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