The MahaNakhon Tower

The MahaNakhon Tower

an architectural and technical feat!

Thailand
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  • The MahaNakhon Tower was designed by the famous German architect Ole Scheeren. Bouygues-Thai made his dream a reality by creating the structure and the façade of this unique building. The 77-storey multi-use tower, 314 m high, will house 194 high-end apartments, a 150-room luxury hotel, and a shopping centre that extends to an adjoining structure.  The MahaNakhon Tower, located in Bangkok’s business district, is the tallest skyscraper ever built by Bouygues Construction.

  • “It was the first time we ever dealt with such a structurally complex building,” explains Jean-Marie Verbrugghe, CEO of Bouygues-Thai. “We took a pragmatic approach regarding architectural and scheduling constraints”.

  • For Sorapoj Techakraisri, Chairman & CEO of Pace Development (the property development group that originally came up with the project), the MahaNakhon Tower reflects the will to create an inspiring project for Thailand and demonstrates confidence in the country’s economic growth . He wants the MahaNakhon Tower to become the symbol of Bangkok, positioning the city at the level of a global metropolis. This project has raised the bar for the luxury property industry in Thailand.

  • The MahaNakhon Tower is a unique structure set apart by the 3D pixel ribbon that surrounds it. The tower's ‘pixels’ are composed of steel blocks that appear and disappear over several levels in a row: 30% of the building's steel slabs overhang without direct supports. Bouygues Thai realised the architect’s dream by using girders and pre-stressed flooring with the help of tension cables.

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  1. 1
    Context
  2. 2
    Testimony
  3. 3
    Ambitions
  4. 4
    Innovation
  5. 5
    Video
  • The MahaNakhon Tower was designed by the famous German architect Ole Scheeren. Bouygues-Thai made his dream a reality by creating the structure and the façade of this unique building. The 77-storey multi-use tower, 314 m high, will house 194 high-end apartments, a 150-room luxury hotel, and a shopping centre that extends to an adjoining structure.  The MahaNakhon Tower, located in Bangkok’s business district, is the tallest skyscraper ever built by Bouygues Construction.

  • “It was the first time we ever dealt with such a structurally complex building,” explains Jean-Marie Verbrugghe, CEO of Bouygues-Thai. “We took a pragmatic approach regarding architectural and scheduling constraints”.

  • For Sorapoj Techakraisri, Chairman & CEO of Pace Development (the property development group that originally came up with the project), the MahaNakhon Tower reflects the will to create an inspiring project for Thailand and demonstrates confidence in the country’s economic growth . He wants the MahaNakhon Tower to become the symbol of Bangkok, positioning the city at the level of a global metropolis. This project has raised the bar for the luxury property industry in Thailand.

  • The MahaNakhon Tower is a unique structure set apart by the 3D pixel ribbon that surrounds it. The tower's ‘pixels’ are composed of steel blocks that appear and disappear over several levels in a row: 30% of the building's steel slabs overhang without direct supports. Bouygues Thai realised the architect’s dream by using girders and pre-stressed flooring with the help of tension cables.

The MahaNakhon Tower A unique design & global expertise

The unusual shape of the structure was designed by Ole Scheeren, a rising star in the architectural world. The idea was to design a skyscraper surrounded by a ribbon of ‘pixels’, creating the impression that the building is disappearing into thin air, like an evanescent digital image.

 

Teams from VSL, a Bouygues Construction subsidiary, came to share their expertise in post-tension pre-stressing techniques for some columns using tension cables, which they use regularly for building bridges, for example. Sorapoj Techakraisri, Chairman & CEO of Pace Development, stated that he chose “a construction company with vast experience and expert knowledge of the latest construction technology” because “these skills are essential for the successful construction of a skyscraper with such unique and original architectural design."

The MahaNakhon Tower Structural complexity

The main achievement was creating a building with entirely different storeys. Each level required extremely specific method and formwork plans, meaning that the steel posts that support the structure bear enormous weight. Three levels are used to transfer weight from the posts to the core of the building, with the aim of making the soaring structure—which is unbalanced on the western side because of its shape—more stable and rigid. Bouygues Thai and its partner, VSL, were able to overcome numerous technical challenges using digital modelling (and automatic interference detection). One hundred and thirty 65-metre-deep supporting wall units were built to prevent creep (concrete damaged by continuous strain)—the largest concrete apron ever built by Bouygues Construction.

The MahaNakhon Tower Benefits for regions

Beyond the project, Bouygues Construction has made commitments to the local population through its Terre Plurielle foundation, which supports the Ban Nam Khem school, located on Thailand's east coast. The school gives pupils in the region, which was devastated by the 2004 tsunami, the opportunity to learn French, which could boost their chances of finding employment in tourism.

In shortThe MahaNakhon Tower
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