When icon-to-Tron MahaNakhon finally scrapes the sky in 2016, it may not have long to enjoy its tallest-in-town status.
Developer Grand Canal Land announced its intention Tuesday to build the tallest building in Southeast Asia near the intersection of Rama IX and Ratchadapisek roads.
With an estimated price tag THB18 billion, the Grand Rama IX Super Tower Iconic – or whatever they finally call it – will rise 615-meters on 11.7 hectares as part of the mixed-use project already underway next to the Central Plaza Grand Rama 9 mall.
That’s more than double the 304 meters of Baiyoke II, which MahaNakhon will eventually edge out at 314.
The lead design firm will be Khlong Toei-based Architects 49. The building will house 90,000 sqm of office space, a hotel, sky-high garden and observation deck for tourists.
Fortunately the site is accessible by transportation, located not far from MRT Rama 9 and the Sirat Expressway.
Grand Canal’s announcement foretold of a 2019 completion date, which sounds either ambitious or overly optimistic.