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Design & Style: Bangkok Sky-Scraped by OMA-designed Ritz Carlton Residences

We at HotelHomes.com were first dazzled when renderings of Bangkok’s tallest building first surfaced five years ago. Now that the 310-meter-high tower is under construction, we are completely in awe.

Designed by the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) partner Ole Sheeren, the so-called “MahaNakhon” development will soar 72 stories and include 194 Ritz-Carlton branded for-sale residences, a 150- room Edition Hotel and a 10,000-square meter luxury retail complex.

The architecture is most certainly futuristic, and in the words of architecture critic Jimmy Stamp, “the repetitive high-rise appears to be eaten away, as if it was attacked by some sort of architectural predator or modernist virus.” The result is a tower comprised of individually designed “sky box” homes, where living rooms cantilever out of the tower and offer 180-degree panoramic views. These skybox cantilevers also allow for setbacks that provide terraces to residences above, thereby extending the living space outdoors at staggering heights.

The homes do appear uniquely conceived, and the “pixilated” façade creates many unique floor plans. The variety of distinct residence types also include diverse features such as double-height living rooms, hot tubs, plunge pools and maids’ rooms, and range from two- to five-bedrooms.

While there is not a Ritz Carlton hotel on-property, owners will benefit from the legendary service the brand is known for. Staff will include a Director of Residences, full-service 24-hour concierge, 24-hour valet parking as well as doormen and porters. In addition, residents have access to in-home dining and housekeeping, a bar and restaurant at the top of the tower and the Edition Hotel downstairs.

Individual homes range from two-bedrooms in 120 square meters to five-bedrooms in 850 square meters (1290 to 9150 square feet). Projected pricing ranges from US $900,000 to over US $11,000,000 for the penthouse with occupancy expected in 2015.