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Growing Number of Unusual Office Buildings in Bangkok

Creative design may not contribute to higher rents but better recognition

​​​Bangkok’s skyline has seen a dramatic change over the past few decades. Aside from increased density and heights of new property developments, a growing number of buildings with ‘unusual’ architectural designs, including the astonishing, pixel-themed, 77-storey MahaNakhon tower, has contributed greatly to this change. While most of the existing unusual structures in Bangkok are retail malls and residential condominiums, the city has also seen a growing number of office buildings designed with a wow factor as observed by JLL, an international property consultancy and services firm.

“Cities around the world are competing for recognition. Among many areas they are competing hard are property developments that raise eyebrows,” says Suphin Mechuchep, Managing Director of JLL.

“For office buildings, whilst an unusual design may not directly entitle the landlord to a higher rental rate which depends on many other factors, it should help add recognition of being among of the city’s prominent landmarks and a pride of their occupiers,” says Mrs. Suphin.

The story began 30 years ago

Completed in 1986, the Robot Building on Sathorn Road was Bangkok’s first office building with an extraordinary architectural design. It features elements such as progressively receding walls, functional antennas and “eyes” that give a robotic look to the property. The building is currently occupied by UOB as its Bangkok corporate headquarters.

Eleven years later, construction of the Elephant Building, Bangkok’s second oldest unusual building with lettable office space, was completed. As its namesake, the mixed-use building resembles an elephant. 

The journey continues

After the completion of Elephant Building, Bangkok has seen many modern office buildings with an interesting architectural design, particular over the past five years. A couple of good examples are Park Ventures and SET@93 Ratchada.


Park Ventures
is located on Wireless Road, this 34-storey comm​ercial building comprises prime Grade A office space and houses The Okura Prestige Bangkok Hotel.  The building design was influenced by the Thai greeting gesture ‘wai’ with the palms pressed together in a prayer-like fashion. 

SET@93 Ratchada
is wholly owned and occupied by the Stock Exchange of Thailand. The building design was inspired by the organization’s logo -- two fish on an antique Chinese plate signifying yin and yang. 

However, only not many buildings feature a truly ‘unusual’ architecture. Some of the prime examples include:


SCG 100th Year Building
This strange building is home for Siam Cement Group in the Bangsue area. Its wavy balconies create a fascinating visual effect from outside.​


U Place is a 12-storey office building that is deemed unique for its boat-like appearance. The building is home to Unilever’s headquarters and a part of The Grand Rama 9, an ambitious mega property development project by Grand Canal Land.


G Tower
is the latest addition to The Grand Rama 9 project by Grand Canal Land PCL. Named after the developer’s abbreviated name -- G Land, the building is unique for its G shape, which will make it one of Thailand’s most unusual office buildings, upon completion by the end of 2016.

Pearl Bangkok
is a 25-storey office development project situated on Phaholyothin Road by Pruksa Real Estate which will use most of the space within the building as its new headquarters. With its oval architecture, Pearl Bangkok will be one of the most eye-catching high-rise structures in Bangkok and is expected to be the most instantly recognisable tower in the city’s northern corridor upon completion in early 2017.

There are a number of other commercial development projects with an unusual design that are coming on stream. Out of these projects, two have been publicly announced: Singha Complex by Singha Estate and the would-be tallest building in Southeast Asia, Super Tower by Grand Canal Land. While the former is planned for completion in early 2018, construction of the latter has not yet commenced.

“As the Grade A quality is becoming a norm for new office developments, developers are looking for new differentiators. For this reason, there should no surprise to see more office buildings with a surprising architectural design rising in Bangkok’s city skyline in coming years,” Mrs. Suphin says.