Are you an enterprising crime lord looking to house 50 stories worth of henchmen? Why don’t you check the Sathorn Unique ghost skyscraper in Bangkok, Thailand? No one lives there, and it’s got a rooftop terrace perfect for villainous showdowns.
The Sathorn Unique has the proper mix of glitzy (balustrades) and gritty (plants growing on the 30th floor) necessary for any B-movie mustache-twirler or videogame boss. It was abandoned after the Asian economic crisis of the mid-90s. From Riding Out The Economy
Last weekend, Cengiz and I were plumb out of ideas for cheap, local adventures. So, we decided to go looking for Bangkok’s best pizza and to head to the Grand Palace to do some time lapse filming. On the way there, we got a little side tracked. As we rode the BTS toward the mighty Chao Phraya, zombie like gazes directed out the window, the Sathorn Unique entered our lives. It sits, sadly, naked, just beside the BTS line, towering above everything around it. Cengiz looked at me and said, “You see that graffiti in the building? We can get up there. We should go up there.” It was a silly comment to make, probably made half jokingly; after all, sneaking into abandoned construction projects is probably pretty illegal. Unfortunately, I agreed, wholeheartedly.
The building is among the major construction projects started when Thailand’s economy was booming in the 1990s. – forum.skyscraperpage.com
Developers envisaged a city of gleaming office and residential skyscrapers that were testament to the nation’s rapid development.
Then Thailand sank into a swamp of reckless investments and unpaid debts that became known as the 1997 Asian financial crisis. The country’s economy contracted 10% in 1998 and many of the building projects came to a crashing halt.
Abandoned skyscraper, Bangkok, Thailand. Fifty levels, of abandonded skyscraper. Wood flooring installed, bathroom suites connected, wiring, plumbing, fire safety systems, all done. Prime realestate on the river-bank downtown, with spectacular views. The “Sathorn Unique” was to be one of Bangkok’s most exclusive residential developments. Like many other sites, constuction was abandoned during the asian financial crisis of the late 90’s. As with food, Asian’s do financial crisis’s way better than us whiteys. How many skyscrapers were abandoned during the recent GFC? None. Think about it. Standing on a fifity level, almost completed skyscaper, some Thai guy says “fuck it man, lets just go eat some fried chicken. Yo! Kasit, Suthep, Sui Min…drop your helmets bitches! We’re gettin’ the fuck out of here! This building aint worth shit yo”.