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Old July 4th, 2009, 02:01 AM   #41
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and better satisfaction,, for all, then
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Old July 21st, 2009, 07:26 PM   #42
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the shape looks interesting, and its very tall, but still looking for more iconic design
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Old July 21st, 2009, 07:58 PM   #44
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Old July 22nd, 2009, 06:49 AM   #47
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How to move to super tall forum ?
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Old July 22nd, 2009, 06:53 AM   #48
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Has it been approved yet ?
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Old July 22nd, 2009, 06:55 AM   #49
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so nice...hope it gets built in BKK
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Old July 22nd, 2009, 06:56 AM   #50
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Well the website says "Launching July 23, 2009"
So I am not sure what that means
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Old July 22nd, 2009, 08:52 AM   #51
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Metaphor for a metropolis
By Edwin Heathcote
Published: July 20 2009 22:23 | Last updated: July 20 2009 22:23
Mahanakhon, Bangkok



“Krung Thep Mahanakhon”, Ole Scheeren tells me, is the Thai
name for Bangkok. That last, strange-sounding word translates as “metropolis”. Ever since Fritz Lang’s 1926 filmic vision of an expressionistic, hubristic, futuristic city with a Babel-like skyscraper at its heart, the word “metropolis” has become one of the richest, most evocative words in architecture. It means urbanity, “cityness”. And it would be hard to think of a better name for Scheeren’s extraordinary new skyscraper design.

Along with Rem Koolhaas, founder of OMA (Office for Metropolitan Architecture, naturally), Scheeren is the architect of Asia’s most ambitious and scariest skyscraper, Beijing’s enormous CCTV (China Central Television) Building. That avant-garde monumental arch loomed over the Olympics and dominates the city’s increasingly prickly skyline. Based in Beijing, the German-born Scheeren has specialised in Asian projects and, with his enthusiasm for the strange, chaotic dynamism of the big Asian cities, he is a long way from the familiar “starchitect” imposing a vision from a western capital. This latest building, revealed exclusively to the Financial Times, is the perfect expression of a sensibility that powerfully combines western questioning and eastern bravado.

It is impossible to compete with Bangkok’s existing exotic menagerie of skyscrapers, so Scheeren proposes a monolith, an un-twin tower, the dumb, extruded box of modernist orthodoxy – but then begins to erode its perfection. It is as if a computer virus has begun to eat away at an image, pixellating it, or as if a tower of sugar cubes is dissolving away. It is a powerful image, one the architect compares to a toppling Tower of Babel (the inspiration for Lang’s film).

The appearance of decay, though, is more than a formal aesthetic device. The most intriguing aspect of Mahanakhon is Scheeren’s desire to suck the frenetic activity of the street up into the architecture. This will be a striking contrast with neighbouring skyscrapers.

Bangkok’s high water table makes underground parking impractical. This has led to a standard model of a plinth of parking beneath an extruded tower, disengaging the building from the street, killing the area around it. By placing parking at the rear of the site and having the building crumble into a series of terraces as it approaches street level, Scheeren proposes a kind of external atrium, a plaza broken up into a deliberate chaos of dozens of flying levels.

This complex network links with the adjacent Skytrain (mass transit) station to create a public realm of cafés and restaurants. The dissolving of elements vertically through the building creates a spiral pattern of private balconies and terraces for the hotel and apartment complex above. In one image of the plan, with a viewpoint above the tower, you can see clearly how, as the smooth walls fragment into apparent randomness, the monolithic is reduced into bite-sized chunks, cleverly echoing the intricacy of the urban landscape, the chaotic infill that constitutes the surrounding city streets. Reconciling the micro- and the macro-urban and resisting the disengagement between skyline and streetscape, Scheeren proposes a compelling alternative that addresses both.

If New York is defined by the setbacks and Aztec pyramid steps of its skyscrapers, a gesture to allow light into streets that would otherwise be canyons, this building, which will be Bangkok’s tallest, acknowledges street activity through a kind of capillary action, sucking up its imperfections along with its dynamism to animate the walls. An archetypal modernist skyscraper with its erosion programmed in from the beginning – it is quite a metaphor for the contemporary city.

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Old July 22nd, 2009, 09:40 AM   #52
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Very creative, hope this is the design they use.
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Old July 22nd, 2009, 10:03 AM   #53
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Old July 22nd, 2009, 10:15 AM   #54
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When will this thread be taken to the main page
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Probably when it launches on the 23rd and everything is approved and official
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Old July 23rd, 2009, 12:36 AM   #56
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MahaNakhon—a visionary new 77-storey high-rise complex located on a 3.6 acre site in the heart of Bangkok’s Central Business District with a direct link to the Chongnonsi BTS Skytrain station between Silom and Sathorn Roads.

With its distinctive sculptural appearance, MahaNakhon has been carefully carved to introduce a three-dimensional ribbon of architectural ‘pixels’ that circle the tower’s full height, as if excavating portions of the elegant glass curtain wall to reveal the inner life of the building—meta-phorically and actually—an archit-ecture that encloses and protects its inhabitants while revealing the inner life of their city. *The pixelation gives MahaNakhon an arresting profile on the skyline while generating a set of very special features to house the diverse functions of the building complex in an intelligently strategic way.

The design for MahaNakhon dis-mantles the typical tower and podium typology to render not a tower in isolation but instead a skyscraper that melds with the city by gradually ‘dissolving’ the mass as it moves vertically between ground and sky. *This effect begins with a series of generous, cascading indoor/outdoor terraces at The Hill—the area at the tower’s base housing luxury retail and dining.

MahaNakhon also features an adjacent freestanding building known as the Cube, with multi-level indoor
/outdoor terraces corresponding to those of the Hill Terraces across the expanse of an outdoor atrium, offering a network of social spaces with an extensive mix of dining and leisure, described collectively as MahaNakhon Terraces.

MahaNakhon Square, located in front of the tower, is intimately connected to the space between The Hill and Cube. This dynamic public plaza—
intended as a meeting place, a spot for planned and spontaneous cultural events—will be a landscaped retreat for the city’s inhabitants, a gathering place, a rare venue for cultural and social interactivity.

For residents of MahaNakhon, The Ritz-Carlton Residences comprise a mix of two-to-five bedroom homes with expansive panoramic views and interiors by David Collins Studio, while The Bangkok Edition Hotel, a collabo-ration between Ian Schrager and Marriot International, will offer a range of outstanding amenities.

The top of the tower houses a multi-level three-floor Sky Bar and restaurant with dramatic double- height spaces, private dining facilities for entertaining, and a rooftop outdoor bar with sweeping 360° views of the skyline and river, floating 310 meters above the city.

http://www.maha-nakhon.com/
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Old July 23rd, 2009, 07:49 AM   #59
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Renders make the design seem like a jumbo has crashed into it in 2 places imo?
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