German architect Ole Scheeren, a partner with the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), Rotterdam, has unveiled his plan for MahaNakhon, Bangkok’s tallest skyscraper. The 310-m luxury mixed-use tower appears to be carved, with portions set back in seemingly random fashion. It will be primarily residential but also will include a Marriott hotel. The tower is located near a major transportation hub and is the central feature of a $515-million, 37-acre development that will contain public gardens and retail spaces. Construction is slated to begin in late 2009 and be completed in 2012.
The market is generally healthy and steadily growing, and margins are up for large specialty contractors. Further, advances in design tools and owner demand for collaboration are giving subcontractors a seat at the table early on in projects.