This is the MahaNakhon Glass Tray, a glass-bottomed deck that’s perched atop the brand new King Power MahaNakhon tower in Bangkok. Thrill seekers can stand greater than 1,000 feet above town, separated simplest by means of glass–the newest instance of a budding type of architectural tourism.
The 1,030-foot-tall skyscraper, which opened ultimate month, seems to had been teleported from the longer term. In reality, its pixelated construction means that the teleportation used to be simplest in part a success. That’s by means of design, consistent with architect Ole Scheeren, who used to be a disciple of Rem Koolhaas and left OMA in 2010 to discovered his personal place of job. Scheeren says over e mail that the development used to be designed to present the affect of being “in an everlasting state of being unfinished and in that sense a development that displays the theory of procedure.” The development, he says, is a mirrored image of Bangkok itself, “a town in an everlasting state of flux,” the place parallel forces each conventional and futuristic are at play, thus reshaping the city cloth. For Scheeren, the implausible pressure within the town, this power, is translated into the basic thought of the development.
The tower’s design is according to the theory of opening up a standard skyscraper to Bangkok itself, by means of wrapping the facade with a sequence of abnormal, open areas. “The thought in the back of the development used to be to take the traditional tower typology–a mute, airtight shaft–and to carve it open,” Scheeren says. That carving finds “a three-dimensional, pixelated ribbon that coils across the complete peak of the tower, in order that you divulge the size of human inhabitation within the development, projecting the picture of human task and lifestyles again to the encompassing town.”
The Glass Tray, on the very best of the development, is the place that “ribbon” ends. It’s a part of the MahaNakhon SkyWalk, an revel in that begins at the first flooring of the tower for any individual who desires to spend about $85 for a price ticket.
Visitors take an elevator immediately as much as the 74th flooring in simply 50 seconds within the nation’s quickest elevator. There they are going to to find an indoor remark deck with 360-degree panoramic perspectives, and augmented truth monitors that time out Bangkok’s landmarks. On the following flooring, a glass elevator boarding space results in the 78th flooring, the place they’re met by means of the “Glass Tray” and Thailand’s perfect rooftop bar, which gives signature beverages and cocktails (they will want a couple of, earlier than stepping foot at the deck).
The Skywalk wasn’t a part of the venture temporary. In reality, the zoning rules and the former definition of the website didn’t permit for it. Neither did it permit for the development’s present peak. But Scheeren’s workforce controlled to reconfigure the website in this kind of method that the development may achieve 1,030 feet, making it the tallest construction in Thailand. That ended in the theory of constructing an area that the general public may talk over with (at a worth), so “any individual may revel in town at this impressive peak,” Scheeren says. The end result used to be the Skywalk, a glass plaza of varieties the place guests can stroll, take a seat, and surprise at Bangkok–in addition to have a drink.
“MahaNakhon is a development this is strongly embedded within the town and the general public realm,” Scheeren says. “The thought of giving area again to town is intrinsic to the venture.”
The Skywalk could also be essentially the most sensational function of the design, but it surely’s section and parcel of Scheeren’s larger imaginative and prescient for the tower, together with the “ribbon” that wraps across the facade to expose cascading terraces, and a public plaza at boulevard degree.
“What is restricted about MahaNakhon is that thru this pixelated ribbon that coils alongside the shaft, we created extremely assorted prerequisites within the inner of the development, and the tower in reality options 200 residences of which no two are alike,” Scheeren says. “This enabled us to play with other diversifications and create residing areas with utterly distinctive prerequisites, and to generate a way of individuality this is very uncommon in high-rise constructions.”