Rising majestically above the Bangkok skyline, its pixelated façade glittering in the hazy sunlight, King Power Mahanakhon is nothing short of an architectural masterpiece.
Designed by award-winning German architect Ole Scheeren during his residence at internationally renowned Dutch practice OMA, the 1,030-foot (314 m) structure is the most eyecatching modern building in this dynamic metropolis. But it’s not just its unique exterior that makes the tower so beguiling; inside, no fewer than 209 exclusive private residences share what is without question the most desirable address in Bangkok.
Reach for the Stars
Located between floors 23 to 73 of the 78-story tall tower, the Ritz-Carlton Residences offer complete privacy as well as spectacular and far-reaching views across Lumpini Park, the Chao Phraya River, and beyond towards the Gulf of Thailand. The ingenious cutaway design also means that for many apartments, those sweeping panoramas remain completely unobstructed.
“This is the most recognizable building in the whole city,” says Tim Skevington, managing director of Richmont’s Luxury Real Estate. “Which is just one of the reasons why acquiring a home in this prestigious location is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”
Adding to the appeal of this mixed-use development is an internationally acclaimed five-star hotel. Occupying floors one to 18, the much-anticipated opening is home to 154 rooms, including nine suites and two penthouses, as well as an ultra-chic branded spa. Also within the premises are world-class restaurants and bars including Mott 32 and Mahanathi by David Thompson, while the tower’s location in Sathorn’s Central Business District means that plenty more upscale eateries, bars and coffee shops are easily accessible.
This is the most recognizable building in the whole city, acquiring a home here is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity—Tim Skevington
At the very top of the soaring skyscraper, the Mahanakhon SkyWalk, Thailand’s highest observation deck, offers 360-degree vistas of the city as well as The Glass Tray viewing platform, while visitors to the lively Mahanakhon Bangkok SkyBar brasserie, on the 76th floor, can enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the busy capital. Finally, the Mahanakhon CUBE, situated adjacent to the tower, has recently been redeveloped to include a gourmet food emporium and a wealth of other specialist retail outlets.
Entering the Ritz-Carlton Residences, however, is a discrete affair, with the condominiums themselves completely separated from the hotel and the rest of the complex. “They have a dedicated entrance to the rear of the building, with an elegant reception area, a 24-hour Ritz-Carlton concierge and full management team including a director of residence, doormen, porters, valet parking, and housekeeping,” explains Skevington. “Residents’ privacy is the highest priority, and they can rest assured in the knowledge they won’t be disturbed.”
Residents’ privacy is the highest priority, and they can rest assured in the knowledge they won’t be disturbed—Tim Skevington
From here, hop in a high-speed elevator to the seventh floor, and the doors glide open to reveal a host of facilities available exclusively to Ritz-Carlton residents. All conceived by esteemed British design company David Collins Studio—which is also responsible for such celebrated interiors as The London hotels in Los Angeles and New York City, London’s The Wolseley, The Blue Bar at The Berkeley, and the Delaire Graff Estate in Stellenbosch, South Africa. These include a sumptuous lounge and minibar, a games room and full-size billiards table, a state-of-the-art cinema room, and a children’s playroom.
There is also a gym with a full range of training equipment, a fitness studio, and a boxing ring, as well as a steam room, sauna and Jacuzzi, plus changing rooms. Yoga, Pilates and personal training can also be arranged. Outside, a sleek rooftop swimming pool and sun deck allow swimmers to enjoy the urban architecture as they chalk up a few lengths.
Ascend swiftly to the 54th floor and discover the stylish Residential Club Lounge, where residents have exclusive access to a reception area, a lounge, a library, a TV and games room, a kitchen and bar, and a dining area with in-residence dining if required. “There is also a boardroom for business meetings or private functions,” says Skevington. “Staff can be made available, too.”
Floors 23 to 54 are where the Ritz-Carlton Residences themselves are located, with the larger Sky Residences on floors 57 to 73. Ranging from two to four bedrooms, and with simplex and duplex layouts available, some with 23-foot-high (7 m) double-volume spaces, the bespoke interiors are configured to the highest specifications with floor-to-ceiling windows that offer breathtaking views. “What’s more, the units within the pixelated section of the structure have individual floor plans,” explains Skevington. “This makes each one completely unique.”
Residences are offered fully fitted to the highest specification, with top-of-the-range kitchens and closets and an extensive choice of carefully crafted bespoke interior finishes, including solid-wood flooring and luxury kitchen and bath surfaces, all selected to suit buyers’ exact requirements.
“Alternatively, many clients commission their own designers to oversee their refurbishments,” says Skevington. “There are a lot of meticulous people who have bought in the building, and we’ve seen design professionals brought in from around the globe.” As a final touch, housekeeping and laundry services are available on request. All reasons why these residences are truly exceptional.
“The Ritz-Carlton brand is known and admired all over the world,” says Skevington. “Around 80 percent of these properties have already been sold, which makes this a tremendous opportunity that’s not to be missed.”