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Brand new villas set to be demolished and replaced by identical ones

Tanutam Thawan



A foreign resident in Pattaya is demolishing 2 brand new villas he recently purchased for more than 46 million baht, clearing the way for the eccentric architect, Mario Kleff, to construct newly designed properties with the same façade.

The owner of the property at Pattaya’s Majestic Residence on Pratumnak Hill said “I love the location, but I want a home with a bit more creativity and flare. I’ve definitely found the right man for the task in Mario.”

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The exterior of the properties must match the rest in the residence, but the interior design and general construction will be left solely to engineer, designer, and architect, Mario.

Mario, a 52 year old Thai citizen, originally from Germany, is somewhat of a local celebrity. He was in the public eye back in 2019 after talks on whether his leopards – Fasai and Typhoon – were legal to own as house pets. It was later determined by a Thai court that the ownership is completely legal.

Mario lives what he calls a “high-performance lifestyle.” Along with his work designing buildings and homes, he has designed custom motorcycles, including a bike with a specially-made high-power engine he calls the “Thailand Dragon.”

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As the CEO of Thailand-based, Wandeegroup, Mario prides himself on his “cellular beam” technology and says the Wandeegroup first introduced the technology to Thailand in 2007. On the company’s website, it says the cellular beams that span 20 to even 40 metres without a column in between are one of Mario’s “trademarks”. He says the cellular beam technology is a key factor for the Pattaya residents’ decision to have their new properties at the Majestic Residence site reconstructed by Mario.

Park Royal 2 on Pratumnak Hill was the first residential complex to be built using the cellular beam structure, according to the Pattaya Construction Department. It was after the completion of this apartment block that Pichet Uthaiwattananonta, Director of the Pattaya Construction Department, recommended Mario for a PhD in Architecture, a rare recommendation for a foreigner in Thailand.

The Majestic Residence project is the first for the Wandeegroup since 2017. The main office in the Banglamunag district had closed down and Mario moved to Chiang Mai with his wife to spend more time with their leopards. Mario says this project is a “comeback” for the team, he says, especially after the Covid-19 pandemic caused a slowdown for construction projects in Pattaya.

The Thaiger will be following this (re)construction project closely over the coming months – watch this space for updates on the project. And already, the first update – roof tiles have been removed!

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    Toby Andrews

    Tuesday, May 25, 2021 at 12:45 pm

    Well judging by this example of design by the great Mario, I’m not impressed.
    This is just a typical 1980s hog.

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    Tuesday, May 25, 2021 at 1:55 pm

    I just can't resist this one……of the next 3 statements, which is true? 1) Uncle Tu and his appointed cronies have the best interests of the Thai people in his heart and can competently steer Thailand through the Covid-19 crisis. 2) Thailand's tourist industry will be booming in Phuket in July or anytime in 2021. 3) Mario Kleff's “high-performance lifestyle” is not in any way related to having a large penis!

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    Toby Andrews

    Tuesday, May 25, 2021 at 3:42 pm

    @Amonwan – none are true.

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      Tuesday, May 25, 2021 at 4:51 pm

      Beeeeeeeep. Wrong. 3 is the correct answer?

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    Mr cynic

    Tuesday, May 25, 2021 at 4:10 pm

    That style of bike is essentially for show purposes and totally impractical.a honda click is a far better design if you actually want to use it.
    Wonder what the house will be like to live in?

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    Tuesday, May 25, 2021 at 4:44 pm

    I wondering they write a Thai citizen because Mario is a German with a german passport, born in Germany graduated in Germany and worked in Germany. Other Germans or europeans who live much longer than him in Thailand are called foreigners in the press. I am a bit surprised.

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      Tuesday, May 25, 2021 at 4:55 pm

      How about we all just agree to call each other fellow humans. Nationalism is just another form of tribalism that we should all overcome if we ever want to move forward as a species.

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    Toby Andrews

    Tuesday, May 25, 2021 at 5:33 pm

    @Amonwan – Tell that to the cashier when you pay to enter a Thai National Park.
    “But I’m a fellow human being and should not be charged five times more that a Thai!”

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    Martin Benjamin

    Tuesday, May 25, 2021 at 6:51 pm

    Wow.Just saw a nasty conservativ political advertisement on yourpage. This was for an anti-immigrant anti-progressive US organization spreading deception and outright lies. This is so objectionable to me that I resist being subjectes to such stuff. Infuriating. Do you at The Thaiger support such causes?

    • Thaiger


      Tuesday, May 25, 2021 at 8:03 pm

      Hi. We put a spot in the story for Google Ads. Then Google uses your past search history and, sometimes, the content of the page, to insert what it considers as the best ad for the user. So we have NO control over the ads you see. And the ads you see when reading a Thaiger story will be different from the next reader. It’s called programmatic advertising.

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    Tuesday, May 25, 2021 at 6:59 pm

    It’s only money!

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    Jean Bon

    Wednesday, May 26, 2021 at 10:56 am

    @Stardust – you can request for Thai nationality if you meet their standards and agreement. In Thailand you may bear 2 nationalities. Quite a lot of Thais bear USA, too. As for ” invention” of hollowed beams, he DID NOT invent anything. He INTRODUCED in Thailand something that was already in public domain. I have seen that in shipbuilding since I am a kid, and I am now 70. That is for his ” creativity”…

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    Wednesday, May 26, 2021 at 11:43 am

    What a shame.
    Perfectly nice houses are being torn down and replaced with something that will most likely be a bad joke.
    Why not build new?

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    Mr cynic

    Wednesday, May 26, 2021 at 8:03 pm

    Agree thought once a creative type architect gets near it the thing will probably end up as some grand designs type of monstrosity that will look something like a cross between a nuclear power station and a Victorian public urinal however that’s up to the buyer at the end of the day.

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