It's all over the design blogosphere, attracting both praise and criticism and we thought we'd wade in too.
OMA partner Ole Scheeren's pixellated MahaNakhon tower will be Bangkok’s tallest building upon it's completion in 2012.
It's glittering stacked surfaces, terraces and protrusions were designed to simultaneously create the impression of digital pixilation and echo the irregularity of ancient mountain topography. This architectural geography was apparently conceived to convey the energy, intensity and inclusiveness of Thai society and celebrate Bangkok’s emergence as a true global capital, fitting the Thai meaning of the name MahaNakhon, translated as ‘great metropolis’.
The complex, at 150,000 square metres, seeks to communicate intimately with Bangkok from the ground up: its series of components make up MahaNakhon Square, a landscaped outdoor public plaza intended as a new public destination within the city. There will also be MahaNakhon Terraces - 10,000 square metres of luxury retail space with lush gardens and terraces spread over multiple levels for restaurants, cafes and a 24 hour marketplace; The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Bangkok with 200 highly-customised single-level and duplex homes, each offering the atmosphere of a skybox penthouse, managed by The Ritz-Carlton with five-star amenities for all residents; and The Bangkok Edition, a signature boutique hotel with 150 hotel rooms, a collaboration between Marriott International and renowned hotelier Ian Schrager.
Yes, it's striking, and yes, we do see how - as has been voiced by some bloggers - "it looks like it's on fire/been eaten by termites" but M.E. likes it.