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Bangkok Architectural Guide: 5 Contemporary Must-Visit Landmarks

1. MahaNakhon Skyscraper (The Great Metropolis)

This 77 storey high pixelated tower is certainly Bangkok’s most interesting contemporary landmark. It was deigned by Ole Scheeren, a former project leader of another famous landmark – Beijing’s CCTV tower (OMA). It’s investors wanted to celebrate Bangkok’s metropolitan spirit so they called it MahaNakhon – translated as “great metropolis” .This mixed used skyscraper includes residences, luxury retails, public gardens and a five-star hotel.

Carved or eroded pixels are rotating around the main body of the building giving it a distinctive design and. This creativity results in different spaces than can be used as observation decks, balconies or gardens. Another interesting thing is if own an apartment here you can have your own balcony – how often do you find this with skyscrapers?! If you are apartment is in the non-pixelated area then you can enjoy double-height living spaces equipped full-height bi-fold balcony windows and that means you can transform living areas into indoor/outdoor environments because sections of facade fold inwards and upwards.

2. The Robot & Elephant Buildings

The Robot Building – Not many architects like so literal expressions, but these have become iconic with time.

Designed by Thai architect Sumet Jumsai for the Bank of Asia the Robot Building strives to reflect the computerization of banks in 1986, when it was built. The architect was protesting against classical revival style that was present in the city and against high-tech style that was emerging back then. Sumet thinks the building doesn’t even has to be a robot as long as it frees the spirit into the next century. The building’s floors decrease progressively making the body shape of the robot while two big circular windows at the top serve as eyeballs.

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The Elephant Building – Designed by Ong-at Sattraphan and Arun Chaisaree it was completed in 1997 in the shape of Thailand’s national animal – the elephant. This mixed use building is often considered te be ugly.

3. Wat Phra Dhammakaya Temple

¿Dónde podes encontrar 1.000.000 de budas recubiertos de oro? El impactante templo budista -en forma de ovni- de Wat Phra Dhammakaya en Bangkok, Tailandia 🇹🇭 🏯. . . 👉👉Mira todas las fotos, que realmente vale la pena 😉😉. . . Pertenece al polémico movimiento budista de Dhammakaya y posee 300.000 (si, es el número correcto) estatuas de bronce de budas recubiertos en oro y otras 700.000 estatuas en el interior del templo. . +3.000 monjes y laicos viven en este templo, siendo el más grande de Tailandia y del mundo, llegando a tener casi 10 veces el tamaño del Vaticano 🇻🇦. . Tiene un anfiteatro que todos los domingos recibe a +100.000 seguidores, llegando incluso, en algunas festividades, al asombroso número de 200.000 fieles. . . . #descubíelmundo #wanderlust #amoviajar #tailandia #asia #budismo #templo #religión #viajar #historia #cultura #buda #instafoto #viajemos

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The Memorial Hall of Phramongkolthepmuni or you can call it the UFO

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If you are just interested into some curiosity architecture maybe you should visit this UFO shaped temple. It is a Buddhist temple (wat) in Khlong Luang District, in the peri-urban Pathum Thani Province north of Bangkok. It was completed in 1982. The upper part of the temple is covered with thousads of buddha statues which makes it really impressive!

4. Non Rectangular Football Fields

Kids in the densly populated area of Bangkok used to have a problem. There was not enough room for a small football field. Until AP Thailand and CJ worx decided to adjust the fields to existing topography. This is how “irregular” Football fields were made. They are painted in dark red and marked in gray color. It is an example how design can make a great contribution to local community. Have fun if you decide to visit it!

Be sure to check these similar irregular playing courts in Dubrovnik and Denver, Colorado.

5. Silom District

#AerialView #drone #cityscape #Phantom4Pro #bangkok #Bangkokfromabove #lumphinipark #silom

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Financial and retail district where you can do shopping or visit bars and restaurants. If you are not interested in mundane things than you can visit Bangkokian Museum or Kathmandu Art Gallery. One of the most desired things an architect want to do when he visits is to have an aerial view of the city. You can do that at The Sky Bar at the Lebua State Tower or at Cloud47 located at the top of the United Center office tower. Walking the Silom Road you can go from Hotel Oriental Mandarin up to Lumphini Park and then turn left to visit the famous Hua Lamphong Train Station.

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