THE LEGO BUILDING

Ha ha - that is not the real name of this gigantic development, but we like to call it that. The picture below will explain why. 

 

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This is now the highest tower in Bangkok (in all of Thailand actually) and predictably a fusion of a posh shopping centre, exclusive hotel (Ritz Carlton), swanky apartments and a pay-to-visit observation deck. The Internet tells us it was opened in August 2016 but we can tell from first hand experience that it is still very much under construction and not open. Anyways, we wanted to see it and took the Skytrain from our humble rooms to take a look. (In the publicity image above, the Skytrain line has been colour enhanced red for your viewing pleasure.)0

The real name for this tower is Maha Nakhon, and it was created by an international group of architects and developers led by the German Ole Scheeren, formerly a partner at Rem Koolhas's Office of Metropolitan Architecture (OMA).  Maha Nakhon is now the subject or many records, including 'the most money paid for an apartment anywhere in Thailand' yadda yadda ... please google the name if interested in more trivia.

 

View from the ground.

View from the ground.

Walking around it - the Silom neighbourhood - presents yet another experience of extreme juxtapositions where very old and very poor buildings are right next to this type of opulence. We have seen a lot of this in Asia.

 

From our walk. 

From our walk. 

All that being said, the tower is visually stunning. It really draws you to it and stands a proud identity away from the formerly city-defining somewhat clunky riverside hotels. Modern architecture can be really refreshing at times. Yes.