Standing at 314 meters, the 77-storey MahaNakhon building in Bangkok's central business district will not just be Thailand's tallest building when completed by year-end.
It will also be a representation of Thai building boss Sorapoj Techakraisri's faith in his homeland's ability to withstand the economic headwinds it faces.
The mixed-use development, which began construction in 2013 and will cost $500 million to erect, has been grabbing attention for its distinctive appearance, designed by renowned German architect Ole Scheeren.
Shaped like a square prism, the skyscraper is encircled by a three-dimensional spiral framed by cubical surfaces. Glass walls lining the mega-tower are divided horizontally and vertically, adding to the building's "pixelated" exterior and increasing the complexity of the construction.
"It's been very challenging. To create the pixelated view, every floor has to be different so it's an extremely complicated building to build," Techakraisri, CEO of luxury property builder PACE Development Corporation, told CNBC's "Managing Asia."
But the real test for the residential and hotel tower lies in the macroeconomic environment of Thailand.
The Southeast Asian economy expanded 2.8 percent in the April-June period, down from 3 percent in the preceding quarter on the back of weak local demand and exports, according to official data released last month.
And when, later in the day, a bomb exploded at the popular Erawan shrine in central Bangkok, killing 22 people and injuring hundreds more, economists said the deadly blast could take a toll on the one bright spot in Thailand's sputtering economy: tourism.