MahaNakhon Observatory: Developing a Tourism Destination for Thailand's Tallest Building

Kipsan Beck
Managing Director - MahaNakhon
PACE Development Corporation Plc., Bangkok

As Thailand’s tallest building, MahaNakhon seeks to redefine the skyline and create a beacon of expression for Thailand with the positioning of “Bangkok Rising.” Developer PACE also wishes to maintain an intersection between the city’s most expensive residential property together with public access, community and involvement. Alongside core residential, hospitality, and retail elements, MahaNakhon Observatory – where height is sold as entertainment on a visitor-by-visitor basis – represents a new revenue stream and also a way to engage with the city itself, as well as an increased challenge in terms of design and operation of the building. Developed from the onset rather than as an addition, the observatory aims to be a major tourist attraction for Bangkok when open in early 2017.

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