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3Novices:Ole Scheeren’s pixellated MahaNakhon tower photographed by Hufton + Crow

British duo Hufton + Crow visited Bangkok to capture these images of Thailand’s tallest tower, which was designed by Ole Scheeren and features modular cutaways spiralling around its facades.

MahaNakhon Tower by Buro Ole Scheeren

The 77-storey MahaNakhon tower topped out in 2015, becoming the tallest building in the Thai capital at 314 metres. As the project neared completion last year, a series of images posted on Instagram displayed its sculptural exterior form.

Scheeren designed the building for local firm Pace Development while still working at Rem Koolhaas’ firm OMA, and completed it with his own studio Büro Ole Scheeren following his departure in 2010.

MahaNakhon Tower by Buro Ole Scheeren

The tower contains 200 serviced apartments operated by hotelier Ritz-Carlton and a 150-room boutique Bangkok Edition hotel run by by Marriot International and Ian Schrager, as well as several restaurants and luxury shops.

Hufton + Crow‘s images provide a detailed look at the pixellated volumes that extend like a ribbon around the exterior of the building.

MahaNakhon Tower by Buro Ole Scheeren

According to Scheeren, the apertures carved into the glazed curtain walls are an attempt to create an enhanced connection between the building’s inhabitants and the city.

People occupying the spaces lining the voids have access to balconies that will alter the appearance of the facades as their owners begin to customise them.

A freestanding seven-storey lifestyle and retail complex called MahaNakhon Cube situated at the base of the tower was completed in 2013.

MahaNakhon Tower by Buro Ole Scheeren

The Cube contains an outpost of delicatessen chain Dean & DeLuca, which was acquired in 2014 by Pace Development’s CEO Sorapoj Techakraisri.

Scheeren subsequently developed a concept for the brand’s chef-led fast food outlets based around a rectangular “stage-like” serving counter.

MahaNakhon Tower by Buro Ole Scheeren

When Scheeren left Dutch firm OMA he also took with him the project for The Interlace housing development in Singapore, which comprises a series of apartment blocks stacked diagonally to form a “vertical village”.

His studio is set to complete two major projects this year; a cluster of apartment towers with concave walls in Singapore, and a building in Beijing with a pixellated base that will contain China’s oldest art auction house.

Nick Hufton and Allan Crow are among the world’s leading architectural photographers and have shot many significant buildings, including Herzog & de Meuron’s Jenga-like Leonard tower and BIG’s tetrahedral ViA 57 West skyscraper in New York City.

Photography by Hufton + Crow.

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3Novices:Images of New York skyscraper by David Adjaye leaked

Renderings have emerged of The Wall Street Tower, a 61-storey skyscraper designed by British architect David Adjaye for Downtown Manhattan.

The residential tower will be the recently knighted architect’s first skyscraper in New York City, and include 244 luxury condominiums.

Wall Street Tower by David Adjaye

Adjaye designed the project for the Lightstone Group, which published the images on a dedicated website that was discovered by The Real Deal, before being quickly taken down.

The building will rise 750 feet (229 metres) at 130 William Street in the Financial District – close to other high-end developments like Frank Gehry’s shimmering New York by Gehry tower.

Wall Street Tower by David Adjaye

Renderings show golden facades punctured by arched windows, which increase in height up the building’s sides.

They also depict cavernous spa and leisure facilities for residents, who will reportedly have to fork out between $630,000 (£486,000) and $4.7 million (£3.6 million) for studios to four-beds.

Wall Street Tower by David Adjaye

Other amenities are set to include a sports court, a swimming pool, lounges and gardens – all with sweeping views of the city and beyond.

Adjaye completed his first project in New York – the Sugar Hill affordable housing for Harlem – in 2014. A children’s art museum has since opened in its lower floors.

Wall Street Tower by David Adjaye

The Tanzania-born architect’s US breakthrough was through work on the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington DC, which opened earlier this year and led to his inclusion in Time magazine’s list of 2017’s 100 most influential people.

He ranked at number 41 on the inaugural Dezeen Hot List – our own countdown of important names in architecture and design, generated by audience statistics.

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