MahaNakhon skyscraper and a spiral winding up around a square building
Astrology & Architecture: MahaNakhon skyscraper and the symbolic meaning of a spiral winding up around a square building
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MahaNakhon is a 314.2 metres tall mixed-use luxury skyscraper located in the Silom/Sathon central business district of Bangkok, Thailand. Designed to fit into the Thai landscape with a unique pixelated facade, It features the unconventional appearance of a glass curtain walled square tower with a cuboid-surfaced spiral cut into the side of the building. The design was created by german architect Ole Scheeren and Office for Metropolitan Architecture.
The symbolic meaning of the spiral carved into the facade of the square tower structure is that inside of any square object, building or even mind there works an ascending force or logic that moves in circles (or cycles) around its center thus symbolically overcoming squareness. For my personal background this aspect is also interesting in regard to the fact that the design was created by a german architect, as german thinking and culture has often been referred to as square.
Astrogeographic position of MahaNakhon for morrphogenetic field level 3 which describes how the construction site is embedded in the surrounding area and City:
The coordinates for the astrogeographical latitude falls right on the cardinal divide of the summer solstice (21 June) between air sign Gemini and water sign Cancer. Gemini`s role as the sign of signposts, information, communication and learning reflects the authenticity of the effort made to present the architectural design as a signpost for the direction of development and innovation in the region. It is symptomatic that the construction of the MahaNakhon tower was begun on a 20 June (2011) when the Sun was located right next to the degree of the summer solstice.
Cancer`s influence on buildings is to be seen in a stabilizing effect for their being accepted by the local people. This is because Cancer supports feeling at home and the emotional identification with new buildings and landmarks. For individuals it stimulates emotional independence and authenticity and quite frequently appears as an almost essential condition for modern architecture.
As the sign of the uterus Cancer seems to naturally support round forms and domes in architecture. Two of the largest domes ever built: the Pantheon in Rome (Cancer-Sagittarius) and the Hagia Sophia (Cancer-Taurus) in Istanbul are clearest examples for that.
But although Cancer may prefer round to rectangular forms – it does not depend on them as much as for example Cancer`s square sign Libra or it`s opposition sign Capricorn. Considering the topic of the spiral around the square tower in relation to the position of the tower between Gemini and Cancer it can be concluded that Gemini as well as the astrogeographical longitude coordinate of the site in Libra stands for the rectangular form here. In this sense the path of the spiral that mills itself upwards breaking the ectangular shape of the facade may be interpreted as manifesting Cancer´s individualistic comment on the functionalistic architecture of such skyscapers.
The coordinate for the astrogeographical longitude of MahaNakhon tower lies right in the middle of service-orientated, liberal air sign Libra sign of harmony, balance, symmetry, peace, beauty, decoration, openness, relationship and angels. In regard to architectural design the strogeographical position of places in Libra appears to have a strong tendency to support the construction of square (the climax of symmetry) or rectangular buildings. Compare: Libra as the sign of symmetry in art & architecture.
Libra is also the most important astrological indicator for Thai culture, which does not explain the architecture of the building here but the importance of the resonance of the architecture of the construction site and area around it for the development of modern Thailands culture.