August 29 saw the grand unveiling of MahaNakhon by Pace Development, the tallest building in Thailand and arguably its most striking piece of architecture to date. The opening party and thunderous light show planned for the big reveal was whispered about for weeks leading up to the event, and delivered on its hype with a celebrity-studded guest list (yes, Pharrell did stop by for a while after his announcement with Dean & Deluca) for the aptly-named “MahaNakhon: Bangkok Rising, The Night of Lights”.
The light show itself was a booming, prolonged affair that dominated Bangkok’s entire skyline for several minutes while the building’s signature winding pixelated design burst into a cascade of colours and spotlights pierced the clouds. If you know anyone on social media here, you no doubt saw a torrent of phone images depicting the experience from various rooftops around the city.
MahaNakhon is arguably the most anticipated tower ever built in Bangkok – an occasion that called for a loud arrival. Pace Development certainly kicked things off with a bang.
MahaNakhon – What You Need to Know
- MahaNakhon’s 77-storey structure is 314 metres tall (1,039 feet), making it the tallest building in Thailand.
- The building is home to the Ritz-Carlton Residences, featuring 200 of some of the most exclusive freehold condominiums in Bangkok – starting at around 32 million Baht and going as high as 210 million Baht.
- The lower section of the tower will be home the Bangkok Edition Hotel, the popular line of boutique luxury design hotels from Marriott.
- The property consists of three buildings (the tower, MahaNakhon Cube and an automated parking complex), with a gross floor area of approximately 135,000 square metres.
- The total project value is estimated at 22 billion Baht (around US$650 million).
- The name “MahaNakhon” comes from the Thai name for Bangkok – Krungthep MahaNakhon.
- The building was designed to be relatively environmentally friendly by contemporary standards. It’s complete with pre-release water treatment facilities, low-emissivity glass to conserve energy, automated parking systems and VRV air-conditioning systems.
- The MahaNakhon Cube features a “Media Wall” that claims most of its front real estate and displays everything from events news to cultural content for passers-by.
- Inside the Cube, you’ll find some of Bangkok’s hottest restaurants and bars, including Vogue Lounge (evening bar and dining), L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon (fine French dining), Morimoto (fine Japanese dining), Krub (fine Chinese dining), Dean & DeLuca (all day café and gourmet marketplace).