MahaNakhon: Building Thailand’s Tallest Tower | The B1M

MahaNakhon: Building Thailand’s Tallest Tower | The B1M

Adding a major new tower to a well-known city
skyline is a difficult task. But one team faced with doing just that in Bangkok took
a unique approach to blending their structure in. This is MahaNakhon… Bangkok is one of the largest and fast-growing
cities in the Far East. Its rapid expansion has resulted in historic architecture and
rich Thai culture rubbing shoulders with glass corporate headquarter buildings in a vibrant
and diverse cityscape. The 77-storey MahaNakhon tower was conceived
in 2009 at the height of the global financial crisis and amidst considerable economic uncertainty.
It was intended to mark the excitement and ambition of Thailand’s capital city, its name literally
meaning “great metropolis”. PACE Development progressed the project, employing
the design skills of OMA’s Ole Scheeren as their architect. Scheeren’s unique design sees a ribbon of
pixels wrap the building, preventing it from overpowering the surrounding city. The pixels
melt the tower with the sky above and the city below, dissolving its base into Bangkok’s
famous bustling street life. They also offer panoramic views to those in
the residences; an innovative tactic that has helped to increase the appeal of such
properties. Construction of the USD $620M structure began
in 2011. From a 3.6 acre site, a poured in-situ concrete frame was steadily constructed and
the tower began to rise into the Bangkok sky. 97,000 cubic metres of concrete and 16,000
tonnes of steel reinforcement later, MahaNakohn topped out at a height of 314 metres – which
is around 1,030 feet or nearly 1.2 million pixels. The building’s structure consists of a concrete
core containing the lift shafts and key vertical service routes, surrounded by 12 concrete
columns and further columns toward the envelope. Outriggers are installed at three intervals across
the building’s height to prevent swaying; avoiding any discomfort to occupants. The construction programme had to account
for pouring concrete in Bangkok’s humid tropical climate and for the practicalities of
bringing concrete mixers to site in one of the world’s most congested cities.
Efficiencies were also inhibited by the building’s pixelated form creating unique floor plates
throughout its height. The tower’s façade is formed of almost
6,500 glass panels. Those toward the top of the tower stand a mighty 4.4 metres tall offering
uninterrupted views and weigh in at 440KG each. Completed in 2016, MakaNakhon now offers a
luxury hotel, high-end residences and a daring roof-top bar across 135,000 square meters
of space. 22 lifts service the building, the fastest of which move at eight metres a second,
taking people from street level to the summit in just 39 seconds. The breath-taking views that await those travelling
to the top make it easy to see why MakaNakhon’s highest value apartment was recently sold
for USD $13.6M. The unique structure is now Thailand’s tallest
building and makes a striking addition to Bangkok’s skyline; an exciting new twist
in one of the world’s most vibrant cityscapes. If you enjoyed this video and would like to
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100 thoughts on “MahaNakhon: Building Thailand’s Tallest Tower | The B1M

  1. why is this building broken

  2. Why does it look like it’s rotting off?

  3. Can you talk about the Cocoon Tower?

  4. Minecraft the skyscraper

  5. Big nail

  6. Its a lego tower?? I hv seen this but not tall at all

  7. Architects are retarded

  8. Good luck Thailand… Love from Malaysia

  9. I've seen this building. Its amazing one of a kind

  10. $13.6 million to live in a country where GDP per capita is a tenth of the US. Talk about wealth inequality

  11. Amazing channel.

  12. I saw Justice League last night. In the beginning intro (Everybody know s) I see mahanakhon tower. 😱

  13. These are the designs I'm taking about, ORIGINAL, AUTHENTIC, EXCITING, INTERESTING, INNOVATIVE, CREATIVE etc,

  14. I have see it and mg kom com from thailand 🙄🙄

  15. 🛡

  16. Daring!

  17. Lol it's not pronounced mahana(cone), but mahana(con)

  18. Hnuymax.

  19. Noiwa only.

  20. can i no this building use ibs or not ?

  21. I love country thailend

  22. We are Asen

  23. As a KLite, I have to admit that this is coolest looking building in Southeast Asia, far cooler than any building from KL.

  24. If im not mistaken, i think a filipino designed this structure..

  25. I'm near this tower
    I'm thai
    Everyonce can ask me
    I will eat dinner now

  26. What the heck I thought I was hearing Mark Thomas from Sotheby's. "A tower as tall in height, as it is in stature…" Yada yada

  27. Why am i so interested in buildings lol

  28. Song ID?

  29. ตึกประเทศไทยเรานิ

  30. Hideous! Looks like it's been partially destroyed. Really, I think some of these architects are tripping on drugs.

  31. Something about this building makes me uncomfortable!

  32. Am I the only one who thinks the guy is hot? Lol

  33. Jong美女你会去到那边吗? 拍一张照片 😂

  34. It designs look different.

  35. Mr Architect, I don't feel so good.

  36. Fascinating

  37. WOW!! FABULOUS!!!

  38. What can't they make big skyscrapers here in South Africa

  39. I mean it looks like a damaged building is the only issue

  40. Awesome 🙂

  41. I think it's a bit of an eyesore and looks unfinished.

  42. Interesting solution for wind induced instabilities.

  43. funded by all the money from sex tourists pumping lady boys.

  44. my girlfriend said the direct translation of BangKok is "City of Angels" not "Great Metropolis"

  45. It looks like something from a pixel animation XD

  46. Sub español porfavor

  47. ស្អាតណាស់ , រចនាបានល្អ។
    So Cute . Best building.

  48. What's the building at the end of the vid' ??

  49. 9/11

  50. They are called Voxels.

  51. Jinga anyone???

  52. #wrappedback

  53. It’s shit.

  54. Sheer ugliness, a destructive, degenerative approach to architecture that disrespects Asian values of structure and wholeness. This is a mocking statement of destruction before destruction, forewarning the demise of the building before its time. Little wonder since the construction of this skyscraper, Bangkok and Thailand have seen their darkest period in years.

  55. ประเทศไทยอยากให้ทุกๆประเทศมาท่องเที่ยวกันเยอะๆ😙

  56. คิดถึงกรุงเทพมากเลย

  57. That accent though. Australia i guess?

  58. 没觉得好啊

  59. Corrosive timber

  60. Man who goes thru airport turnstyle sideways is going to Bangkok

  61. i think i’m in love with Fred

  62. Hats off to architect who came up such a marvelous concept. Creativity at its best

  63. I have a stupid question. How do they get the crane down after the building is complete?

  64. Love thai

  65. Sadly the tallest building of ASEAN belongs to Vietnam. The masterpiece named Landmark 81.

  66. Superman tower in movie 2017 . Ho thailand

  67. Lightning show : Agamemnon

  68. This block in Minecraft this is real one

  69. Xin phép ý kiến trân chính là công lý không thuộc thẩm phán của 1 cá nhân tam huynh ạ (tứ phòng huynh)

  70. Someone's going to get dizzy 😁😓😖

  71. How would this tower cope with typhoon 😮😱😨🤯

  72. respectable tower design, I love the pixelated design as it offers several panoramic views of the City

  73. Looks like a damage building destroyed during world war 2

    Not good

  74. when you play Jenga and win without making it fall, that is the final product

  75. beautiful 🙂

  76. I wonder if you could climb this building with just a few-meters-tall ladder around it in a pixel gap? Or do some parkour?

  77. I hate it. It would be looked better as a simple rectangle. None of the weird stuff

  78. คนไทยครับ

  79. WTF of design…

  80. 😝😝😝

  81. From a distance it looks like termite infestation 🙂

  82. Looks like a 3D puzzle with some missing pieces.

  83. ประเทศกูมี 5555

  84. Love from India!

  85. MahaNakhon-da don't want none unless you got buns hun.

  86. Looks like a backdrop on the set of Blade Runner

  87. "vibrant" = chaotic

  88. It look wrong

  89. Very unique design, I like it!


    Open it 3d king power new video

  91. It's pixel art in 3D. What's not to like?

  92. I saw this building , eye catching structure make you stop to see , is it real , damaged , parts droped but stable…its realy amazing…love from India

  93. Beautiful

  94. Hey B1M, is there really a rooftop bar at the top of the tower? I was in Bkk in January and I had no idea!

  95. matrix style of this building, cubic art

  96. Building:people thought is was a damaged building,how was it in the building

  97. Taller than tree, wow great building

  98. I was so scared at first until i enjoyed the view and I love it so much the view is awesome.

  99. You pronounced the name of the tower incorrectly. Also, you need to make another video for their G Tower Building and a new building being planned nearby.

  100. wow

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