Photo of the Week (25 July 2016)

I’ve been seeing a lot about one of the newest buildings changing Bangkok’s skyline nearing its completion, the MahaNakhon skyscraper. The skyscraper is near Chongnonsi BTS station in Bangkok’s Sathorn area. It’s definitely recognizable and now claims the nickname of “the Lego Building” by local residents.

The Building

The project was announced in 2009 and is due to be complete later this year. The building itself with its glass facade is a cube prism with an indented spiral that twists its way up the tower. Being a mixed building, those twists create balconies offering what can only be described as breathtaking views of the city. Structurally, MahaNakhon is the tallest building in Thailand and the 88th tallest in the world.

MahaNakhon In The Photo

In the photo MahaNakhon stands in the foreground and can be identified by the spiral indent in the cube structure. You can see the design with the prism effect almost allows for the building to blend into the scenery and it doesn’t stand out as much as it could. You might even notice that the windows create a “pixelated” building.

The Photo

Also appearing prominently in the image is the Empire Tower. The skyscraper, or cluster of skyscrapers is also another recent addition to the Bangkok skyline. The building definitely stands out. When viewed in the same frame as the Mahanakhon building, the Empire Tower almost appears as a colossus.

If you’re reading and curious about the view, it’s from top of the ITF Tower. The ITF Tower is one of my favorite spots because it’s not a tourist spot. Additionally, most people unaware of its existence let alone the vantage point that it offers photographers.

The timing of the image was in the early evening just before the sun started to set and I felt the black and white look provided a more striking image than its colored counterpart.

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