Mario Kleff

Architect Mario Kleff

Born

Mario Kleff, November 21, 1967 (age 56)

Boppard, Germany

Nationality

German, Thai

Other names

Thiti Teerachin

Occupations

Years active

1993-Today

Organization

Known for

Structures

Spouse

Nittaya Wongsin

Children

Jiang Li Wongsin, Banù Çaĝiran, Lale Çaĝiran, Tara Arabella de Buitléir, Miró Dollinger †

Parents

Heinrich Kleff Adelheid Kleff

Website

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Frame of the 1993 interview with television channel SWF3: Mario Kleff reproduced the Book of Kells at the Marksburg

During a 1993 interview with television channel SWF3, artist Mario Kleff was captured illustrating folios from the revered Book of Kells within the confines of the Marksburg.


Mario Kleff's celtic brooch

Mario Kleff's Unique Celtic Brooch: Crafted in 1993, this Celtic brooch was bespoke-made for Mario Kleff by artisan Joachim Dott. It's fashioned from 925 sterling silver and 900 gold, and adorned with lapis lazuli and coral. Intricate decorations echo the motifs from the Book of Kells.


Mario Kleff in Ao Udom Thailand on his custom built Thailand Dragon V2 3,640 cc

Designer Mario Kleff's custom motorcycle, named 'Thailand Dragon', plays a pivotal role in the narrative of his adult life.


Mario Kleff rides the Black Mamba V2 2,540 cc across Thailand

For decades, designer Mario Kleff has crafted unique motorcycles. One such creation is the 'Black Mamba I', a chopper equipped with a powerful 2,540 cc V-Twin engine.

Since living in Pattaya, Kleff has built and ridden a variety of custom motorcycles such as Mod Dam 1199 R and Bobber 159 as the most famous.

Mario Kleff

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The Visionary Behind Pattaya's Iconic Structures

Mario Kleff (born November 21, 1967 in Boppard, Germany) is an architect, designer and businessman with a creative flair. Transitioning from humble beginnings as a coconut seller in Bang Khun Thian in 2002, to a renowned architect in Thailand, where he holds citizenship, his journey is both extraordinary and inspiring. Rising to prominence in the design architecture world in the early '90s, Kleff has garnered prestigious accolades, including recognition at events like the LIV Hospitality Design Awards and International Property Awards | Asia Pacific.

By 2020, Mario Kleff's remarkable portfolio comprised over 150 building designs, showcasing his expertise in crafting more than 30 condominium complexes and over 20 villas crafted by early 2009. His architectural prowess scored recognition, notably at the Thailand Property Awards 2012, where his design for the South Beach Condominium, also known as South Beach Boutique Chic, clinched a prestigious award. As of 2023, Mario Kleff transcends mere nomenclature, evolving into a registered trademark synonymous with design and architectural excellence. Enthusiasts eagerly await the forthcoming biography embellished with anime-styled illustrations.

Among his recent architectural and construction projects are the Majestic Residence 366/99 signature villa (2021-2022), and the Lieb Tang Rodfai Road Villas (2023). Guided by Kleff's architectural vision, the standard of residential structures in Pattaya has been elevated since 2008, establishing a new benchmark in construction quality. This transformative shift has ushered in a renaissance in Pattaya's construction landscape, with construction reaching new heights and setting a new standard for excellence.

Foundational creations: Park Royal 1, Park Royal 2, Park Royal 3, Laguna Heights, Club Royal, Wong Amat Tower, Laguna Bay, Suan Sawarn, Sky Park and Parkside Shopping, On The Hill, The Wave, I-Condo, The Touch, South Beach Boutique Chic, Villa Futureproof, Falling Rain, Wing House, Star House, Koi House, Merit Villa, Capsule House, Japanese House series, with several featured on Google My Maps.

Signature designs: Mario Kleff's architectural ingenuity shines through in his distinctive creations such as the iconic Wong Amat Tower, and the The Touch®, the Park Royal 2 and the Japanese House II. Excitingly, his innovative approach extends to upcoming projects, including the eagerly anticipated Zenith Residences Pattaya (2024), promising to redefine the landscape with his visionary designs.


Due to its distinctive architectural design and engineering, Mario Kleff retains the copyright ownership and design rights for all buildings created by him.


Contact: 371/2 Moo.12 Chaiyapruek, Pattaya City, Bang Lamung District, Chon Buri 20150 | Fast Facts and Key Details: Mario Kleff: FAQ & Facts About the Architect.


Early Life and Educational Background


In the early 1990s, Mario Kleff, originally from Bonn, moved to Munich pursuing a career in fine art and design, caught the public's attention with his intricate replicas of the Book of Kells. His endeavors earned him praise from the likes of Pádraig Murphy, Diplomat of Ireland, and Canon Prälat Prof DDr Franz Ronig, a renowned expert on illuminated manuscripts.[1]

In collaboration with Urs Graf Verlag Bern and Urs Düggelin, publisher of Faksimile Verlag Luzern, five of Kleff's Book of Kells folios were displayed at the Gutenberg Museum, Mainz.[2] during the "Irland und das Book of Kells" exhibition from February 6 to April 12, 1993, curated by Dr. Adold Wild.

His work was further showcased in the Diocesan Museum in Trier under "Glanz Des Mittelalters" from October 27 to November 2, 1997.[3] Prof Dr. Michael Embach curated the exhibit, which later transformed into a traveling exhibition across Germany until 2001.[4]

Between 1990 and 1997, Kleff crafted over 40 folios of the Book of Kells using authentic techniques and color recipes.[5] In acknowledgment of his efforts, he received a facsimile of the Book of Kells from Düggelin.[6] In 1990, the price for one of the 1,480 Verlag copies, composed of two volumes – the facsimile itself and a scientific commentary – was IR£7,000 (€8,888).[7]

While studying arts from 1990-1992, Kleff resided at Villa Haus Herresberg at the banks of the Rhine near Remagen, courtesy of Countess Uta von Bassewitz and Cornelia von Guilleaume. He also worked on calligraphy reproductions at the Marksburg, with the support of the German Castles Association represented by Baroness Tilla von der Goltz and Busso von der Dollen.

Kleff briefly collaborated with Ralf Häselich Arts Unlimited located in a locomotive hall in Mayen in 1992. Following the fall of the Berlin Wall, his pursuits led him to work as a techno-DJ in East-Berlin and to produce art in locations like Goa, India, and Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand.

Kleff's professional horizon broadened in 1996 with the dawn of new media. He served as an art director at several prestigious firms, including AD. VENTURE Werbeagentur GmbH, AGW, Samt and Rosen, adNET Werbeagentur GmbH, and Hiel/BBDO Munich. BBDO is one of the largest advertising agencies with a worldwide network and headquarters in New York. Concurrently, Kleff's talents were employed in stage design across German cities and as a freelance art director for notable magazines like GEMA and the Vogue.

His expertise was later recognized by Hakuhodo Inc., Japan's second-largest advertising agency and recognized a leading public relations firm. He was appointed as the creative director by Mr Tachikawa for their new branch in Munich. New Econ AG Wiesbaden (Germany) offered him a position as the creative director for the new branch in Munich, in the same year. Kleff oversaw the marketing mix and graphic arts. However, Kleff's ventures weren't without controversy; a 1999 performance art piece in the Aktionsforum Praterinsel on Prater Island, where visitors donated blood for screen printing raised eyebrows. His provocative art like 'Art Is Dead', 'Do Ut Des' and 'Human Is Art' posed challenges to conventional art perspectives.


Art performance Art Is Dead


Mario Kleff's provocative statement, "Art Is Dead", emerged from a profound disillusionment with the literature he had amassed over the years. In a symbolic gesture, he ritually burned these books and, using bold red paint, articulated his sentiment on canvas. This work was then showcased at the RSKA college in Hennef in late 1993. At the heart of this act was Kleff's conviction that the masterpieces of yesteryears could merely be replicated, not reinvented afresh. Similarly, he felt the music that resonated with him was largely the legacy of long-deceased composers.

Venturing deeper into the 1990s art philosophy, Kleff conceived an intricate and avant-garde performance. He crafted mannequins symbolizing a man, woman, and child, wrapping them in bandages and confining them in steel cages, which were subsequently ignited. Intriguingly, these mannequins were 80% water stored in petite plastic sachets. As they were consumed by flames, water trickled down funnels located at the cage's base, collecting in glass containers inscribed with 'Human Being Is Art'. This scene was set to the backdrop of heartbeats, captured via a microphone on Kleff, harmonized with live techno beats. This marked the inception of 'Art Is Dead, Yet Alive' - Essence of art.

In a subsequent act, Kleff used blood, voluntarily donated by attendees, to craft a painting titled Do Ut Des — Latin for ('I give that you might give'). This artwork underscored the ancient societal principle of mutual gift-giving and mirrored the transactional essence of religion in ancient Rome. Culminating this evocative performance, a crane elevated a steel construct resembling a picture frame, encapsulating a human figure. Illuminated majestically by searchlights, Kleff, elevated approximately 30 meters above, broadcasted his profound message: 'Human Is Art'.







Years In Thailand: Bangkok to Pattaya

In early 2002, a young Mario Kleff relocated to Bangkok (Thai: กรุงเทพมหานคร, RTGS: Krung Thep Maha Nakhon, pronounced [krūŋ tʰêːp mahǎː nákʰɔ̄ːn] (Play sound listen)), the vibrant capital of Thailand. For a period, he resided in Bang Khun Thian (Thai: บางขุนเทียน, pronounced [bāːŋ kʰǔn tʰīa̯n] (Play sound listen)), where he constructed his first bamboo hut. He also sold coconuts using a longtail boat (Thai: เรือหางยาว, RTGS: Ruea hang yao, pronounced [rɯ̄a̯ hǎːŋ jāːw] (Play sound listen)) on the river. After living this modest life for over two years, his curiosity about Thai language and culture grew, prompting him to immerse himself further into the heart of Thailand.

In 2004, Kleff relocated to Pattaya (Thai: พัทยา, RTGS: Phatthaya, pronounced [pʰát.tʰā.jāː] (Play sound listen)). It is located in the Chonburi (Thai: ชลบุรี, RTGS: Chon Buri, pronounced [tɕ͡ʰōn bū.rīː(Play sound listen)) province. Within his first year there, he established his architecture firm and its corresponding construction company, Wandeegroup (Thailand) Co Ltd. He built his office at 162/220 Thappraya Road, in the Bang Lamung District (Thai: บางละมุง, pronounced [bāːŋ lā.mūŋ] (Play sound listen)).

In the following year, in April 2005, Mario Kleff married Thai Chinese Nittaya Wongsin at the renowned Buddhist temple Wat Yannasangwararam (Thai: วัดญาณสังวรารามวรมหาวิหาร, RTGS: Wat Yannasangwararam, pronounced [wát jaːnnáʔsǎŋwáʔraːraːm] (Play sound listen)). Commonly referred to as Wat Yan, this temple holds significance as a Royal Temple. Notably, this was the first wedding ceremony ever to take place at Wat Yan. Typically, such ceremonies are not permitted for ordinary Thai citizens and foreigners.[8] However, Mario Kleff was granted special permission from the head abbot due to his artistic contributions, his deep connection with Buddhism, and the significant time he spent in Bang Khun Thian, which is an integral aspect of his life story and another important part of his biography.


Pride and Challenges in a Creative Career


Between 2004 and 2015, Kleff's company, Wandeegroup, introduced a unique mix of modern architectural design and structural engineering in Pattaya, expanding business opportunities in real estate development both in Thailand and internationally. From 2007 to 2018, Mario Kleff, the architect behind the company, designed nine skyscrapers ranging from 130 to 278 meters in height.[AC1] He also conceptualized over fifty "eight-story" apartment buildings and a plethora of homes and pool villas.[Retrieved] "Although Kleff's designs received approval from the pertinent construction departments, construction began or was completed on only two of the skyscrapers."

In 2006, Pichet Uthaiwattananota, who led Pattaya City Hall's Construction Department from 2006 to 2011, invited Mario Kleff to share ideas for revitalizing Pattaya Beach. In a design contest, Kleff suggested a sea-based museum as a contemporary concrete tribute to King Rama IX/Bhumibol Adulyadej (Thai : ภูมิพลอดุลยเดช, RTGS: Phumiphon Adunyadet, pronounced [pʰūː.mí.pʰōn ʔā.dūn.jā.dèːt] (Play sound listen)).[9] Bhumibol was a passionate sailor and boat designer. This project proposal, complete with a scale model, was later showcased at Pattaya City Hall. Additionally, Kleff proposed a pedestrian bridge featuring a welcoming landmark for Pattaya City. However, the projected construction costs were deemed too high, and the project was subsequently shelved.

2018 marked another significant chapter in Kleff's biography. Operating under his Thai name, Bhumeth Issarasilp, he and his Wandeegroup were commissioned to re-envision a significant project — Thakhek Dream World City in Laos. This mega-project comprised five skyscrapers, reaching up to 278 meters, accompanied by a shopping complex[10] [11] [12] [13] on a 7-hectare of land in Thakhek (Lao: ທ່າແຂກ (Play sound listen)), Laos. Kleff completed the project's designs at the onset of 2019. However, as of 2020, the project has been put on hold.

During 2018 and 2019, Mario Kleff crafted designs for a hospital spanning 11 hectares and a rehabilitation center encompassing amenities such as a lake, public structures, a hotel, library, sports stadium, spa, meditation areas, and over 80 villas spread across 28 hectares. This project, located in the Nakhon Ratchasima Province (Thai: นครราชสีมา, pronounced [ná(ʔ).kʰɔ̄ːn râːt.t͡ɕʰā.sǐː.māː] ( Play sound listen)), also known as Khorat, (Thai: โคราช, pronounced [kʰōː.râːt] (Play sound listen)) (alternate spelling Korat), was for Her Royal Highness Princess Chulabhorn (Thai : สมเด็จพระเจ้าน้องนางเธอ เจ้าฟ้าจุฬาภรณวลัยลักษณ์ อัครราชกุมารี, (Play sound listen)) and the Chulabhorn Research Institute, overseen by Major General or Air Vice-Marshal Dr. Santi Srisermphoak (Thai: พล.อ.ต.นพ.สันติ ศรีเสริมโภค, (Play sound listen)). However, the initiative was halted in 2019.


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Mario Kleff, with his unique blend of creativity and expertise, revolutionized both architectural and engineering fields in Pattaya. He brought pioneering structural engineering solutions like the cellular beam — an evolved version of the castellated beam — to both the local construction landscape and the broader Thai industry.[14] Implementing the cellular beam in residential structures demanded support from local construction authorities.
Recognizing his groundbreaking contributions and dedication, Kleff was honored with a Letter of Recommendation[15] for a PhD in Architecture by Pichet Uthaiwattananota, (Thai: พิเชษฐ อุทัยวัฒนานนท์, (Play sound listen)), the Head of the Construction Department in Pattaya City from 2006 to 2011.

Mario Kleff (center) in 2018 in meeting with Air Vice-Marshal Dr Santi Srisermphoak, Thai: สันติ ศรีเสริมโภค (center left) and ฉกรรจ์ คันธชมภู (center right)

In a collaborative meeting held in Chiang Mai (/ˌtʃæŋ ˈmaɪ/, from Thai: เชียงใหม่ [tɕʰīəŋ màj] (Play sound listen)), Thailand's Northern province, Mario Kleff discussed conceptual plans for a new rehabilitation facility in Korat with AVM. Dr. Santi Srisermphoak, who was prominently present at the center of the discussions. The project's development leadership came from SG. Prof Nithi Mahanonda and AVM. Dr. Santi Srisermphoak. As the architect behind the initiative, Mario Kleff showcased and presented the entire project.

Mario Kleff is a visionary, driven by unyielding self-belief. Armed with cutting-edge engineering expertise, robust technical support, and a profound understanding of design standards, he can cater to any architectural demand. From initial master planning to intricate interior design, Kleff integrates innovative building technologies and systems to ensure structural excellence. A German by origin with a work permit, he has earned the right to serve in Thailand as a building designer, engineering consultant, and construction overseer.[16] His collaborations with Dr. Songkiat Matupayont, a renowned engineer from Bangkok, have paved the way for planning permission for groundbreaking inventions and state-of-the-art construction designs. It was Dr. Matupayont who championed Mario Kleff for an honorary doctorate in engineering in 2011, in recognition of his exceptional contributions to projects like Park Royal 2 and The Touch®. However, universities in Bangkok were constrained from conferring this honor due to Kleff's citizenship status.

In 2016, Kleff was conferred Thai citizenship, adopting the new identity of Bhumeth Issarasilp.[17] He later renamed himself Thiti Teerachin (Thai: ธิติ ธีรชินทร์). By June 2021, he launched his new architectural and construction firm, Wandeegroup Asia Co Ltd. That same month, architect Mario Kleff secured contracts for two villa projects. [18] [19] [20] Remarkably, one of these two-story villas showcases Kleff's ingenuity with a 48-meter long-span cellular beam[21] situated between two columns, supporting a post-tensioned concrete slab. This feat set a new benchmark in local construction.

"While Kleff's prowess as a creative consultant for real estate is noteworthy, he has faced setbacks. Several expansive real estate developments and designs conceived by him never saw the light of day at the construction site. Many projects underwent significant changes during the construction phase. Undeterred, Kleff continually sought fresh challenges in design and technology. In May 2022, his firm, Wandeegroup Asia, was entrusted with the development of six opulent pool villas, employing long-span beams and a post-tensioned concrete structure. The burgeoning Wandeegroup Asia is currently constructing seven luxury villas and has initiated plans for a mid-rise building. Leveraging over a decade's expertise in post-tensioned concrete and long-span structure construction, Kleff inaugurated another specialized venture in July 2022: Wandee Super Span™ Co Ltd. Embarking on its journey with two residential endeavors, one of the projects boasts 30-meter long concrete girders, and the other introduces post-tensioned footings, a pioneering feat in Pattaya. The narrative of this dynamic individual unfolds..." [ Scroll to page top ]


Notable: Signature Architectural Works


Across the sprawling skyline of Pattaya and beyond, certain structures stand out, bearing the unmistakable signature of renowned architect Mario Kleff. Teaming up with industry stalwarts like Heights Holdings CEO Haim Bar-David, and supported by a diligent workforce from Wandeegroup (Thailand), Mario's innovative designs have made a lasting impact on Thailand's architectural landscape. This section pays homage to some of his most distinguished creations, each serving as a testament to his unparalleled vision, meticulous planning, and unwavering commitment to architectural excellence.


Mario Kleff together with developer Heights Holdings CEO Haim Bar-David and Wandeegroup (Thailand) construction worker on the Wongamat Tower construction site in Pattaya

At the Wong Amat Tower construction[23] site in Pattaya (Thai: พัทยา, RTGS: Phatthaya; pronounced [pʰát.tʰā.jāː] (Play sound listen)), Mario Kleff, Heights Holdings CEO Haim Bar-David, and Wandeegroup workers are pictured together on a steel girder, ready to start construction of the exhibition building Showroom Wong Amat Tower[Sig.].

1. Wong Amat Tower: Iconic Condominium Architecture

The Wong Amat Tower, often referred to as Wongamat Tower, is a towering 38-story edifice comprising 361 units, completed in 2015 and situated in Pattaya Nuea. Designed by Mario Kleff in 2008,[22] its architectural brilliance encompasses comprehensive planning, detailed structural drawings, innovative use of cellular beams, and a modular design approach. As the design evolved, the initial steel frame was revamped, making way for reinforced concrete columns and post-tensioned slabs.[24] This tower marks Mario Kleff's inaugural foray into high-rise constructions. While the building's design is under Mario Kleff's copyright, he granted Heights Holdings permission for modifications in 2011.[25] Distinguishing features include its expansive design and an earthquake-resistant structure.


2. The Touch® by Mario Kleff — A Signature On It's Own

Perched atop Phra Tamnak Hill in Pattaya, The Touch® is a striking 33-story skyscraper designed to be both iconic and monumental.[26] Its engineering marvel is showcased with two pillars holding up the structure and an impressive 25-meter construction span between these pillars, making it Thailand's pioneering high-rise of this design. As the brainchild of Mario Kleff, who served as both its designer and developer,[27] its construction was greenlit in December 2011.[28] However, before its completion, the project changed hands and was rebranded as Andromeda on the same foundation.

The Touch® is characterized by a sleek glass façade, reinforced hollow-core concrete columns, 25-meter spanning cellular steel box girders, uninterrupted sea vistas, variable ceiling heights ranging from 4 to 9 meters, and earthquake-resistant features. Its eponymous "Touch®" denotes a technological integration, allowing users to control building systems via a smartphone app, an innovation crafted by Mario Kleff in 2010.


3. Park Royal 2 Condominium

Part of the esteemed Park Royal Series, Park Royal 2 is a nine-story residential structure featuring 85 units, finalized in 2011. It's a sibling to Park Royal Series 1, 2, and 3, as well as Laguna Bay 1+2. Signature design elements encompass the employment of cellular beams and post-tensioned concrete.


4. Japanese House II

Situated on Phra Tamnak Hill, the Japanese House II is a two-story villa realized in 2009. Designed by Mario Kleff, its architectural signature lies in the extensive use of concrete and steel, long span design, of over a hundred bored piles.[29]




Park Royal 2, designed in 2008 by Mario Kleff, is a 8-storey apartment building - built with cellular beam combined post-tensioned concrete slab 24x27 meter.

In 2008, Mario Kleff pioneered the design for Park Royal 2, an eight-story condominium building. This structure uniquely incorporated a steel frame combined with cellular beams — an advanced adaptation of the castellated beam — and featured a 24x27 meter post-tensioned concrete slab. Notable, the construction methodology deployed for Park Royal 2 received its inaugural permission for use in Thailand.

Legacy and Impact on Modern Architecture

From a young age, German modern architecture and Bauhaus deeply influenced Mario Kleff, drawing him into a world where clean, efficient designs held paramount importance. He greatly admired the clarity and precision required to create a streamlined environment and infrastructure. While he received a foundational education in history and fundamental design principles from ancient masters in architecture, music, and art, he also delved into the intricacies of Asian aesthetics and contemporary Japanese architecture.

Today, Mario Kleff's expertise lies predominantly in brutalist and minimalist architecture. Such is his prominence in these fields that his name is trademark in both.

In the early 1990s, Kleff immersed himself in Japanese design philosophy and mathematics. His time in Japan deepened his appreciation for ZEN design and traditional Japanese architectural styles. This confluence of influences culminated in the Villa Futureproof in 2004 — Kleff's maiden project in Thailand, which beautifully amalgamated German engineering prowess with Japanese design sensibilities.


The Distinctiveness of Mario Kleff Designs


In 2020, Kleff's visionary minimalist brutalist design for a lavish seaside residence near Cape Town was sold. This design boasted eight impressive 60-meter-long post-tensioned concrete girders. However, as of 2022, the actual construction remains pending.


Building Design Pattaya


Some of Kleff's initial architectural feats include the Koi House, Falling Rain, Japanese House I, and Japanese House II. Another notable project, the Wing House, reshaped Pattaya's real estate landscape in the early 2000s. With its innovative use of steel beams, exposed concrete, and glass facades, it stood as a testament to Kleff's groundbreaking visions. However, in Pattaya, only a handful of contemporary multi-story edifices, such as Park Royal 1, Park Royal 2, Park Royal 3, and Club Royal Condominium, have received approvals as viable residential property developments. It's worth noting that many original plans underwent significant alterations during the construction phase.



Exposed concrete villa Wing House


Quote by Mario Kleff: I am most against decoration. This sentiment emerged after his art performances, namely 'Art Is Dead', 'Do Ut Des' and 'Human Is Art', in 1997 and his tenure as an art director with BMW, Germany, until 2000.



Furniture Design and Interior Decorating

Architect Mario Kleff is uncompromising when showcasing superior materials. Instead of resorting to mere restorations and typical decorating techniques, he crafts distinctive furniture and interiors. His designs predominantly feature robust materials such as concrete, stone, steel, and solid wood.[30]


Combining Luxury and Functionality

Construction Design and Engineering

Stability and luxury are the hallmarks of real estate projects spearheaded by Mario Kleff.[31] A distinguishing trait of Wandeegroup ventures over time is the profound incorporation of concrete and steel. Components like box girders, hollow-core concrete slabs, post-tensioned decks, and structural elements seen atop bridges - including steel truss systems, prefabricated prestressed concrete structures, stay cable systems, and cable suspension systems - are prominently visible in villas crafted by Wandeegroup.

In his quest to create vast, column-free living areas, Mario Kleff leans toward utilizing expansive steel girders and prestressed concrete beams. Several of his innovative designs boast cantilever extending beyond 20 meters, while others are towering edifices, surpassing 50 meters in height, anchored by a singular supporting column. Through Kleff's visionary approach, clients can commission a luxury pool villa boasting panoramic sea vistas stretching as far as 80 meters from their living space.


Architecture Visualization and Design Presentation

With profound expertise in 3D modeling and virtual design, Mario Kleff has been a pioneer since the late 1990s. Leveraging both Apple Macintosh and PC platforms, he has excelled in producing 2D/3D designs and VFX. To offer his clientele unparalleled presentations, he proficiently utilizes tools such as the Unreal Engine, Houdini, Autodesk Maya, Autodesk 3ds Max, Solidworks, Rhinoceros 3D, Autodesk AutoCAD, Autodesk Revit, and Autodesk BIM 360. Mario's adeptness with the Quantel Paintbox Workstation was particularly honed during his tenure as an art director for a television network. [ Scroll to page top ]



Mario's Foray into Motorcycle Innovation


Diving into the realm of custom motorcycles is an exhilarating journey through craftsmanship, innovation, and personal expression. Each bike tells a story, reflecting the unique vision of its creator and the intricate balance between aesthetics and performance. From choppers to café racers, custom motorcycles embody the spirit of individuality, breaking free from the mold and taking riders to a world where design meets the open road.

Thailand Dragon - the world's only known Harley Davidson street engine with a displacement of 3.650 cc

Going extreme with Thailand Dragon, the world's most functional Harley Davidson street engine with a displacement of 222 cu in (3,638 cc) and delivers a powerful output of 300 hp.

900 horsepower Super Mario Hayabusa engine built by Sean Mills at Big CC Racing

A Dynamometer test showcased the impressive performance of the Super Mario engine, designed by Mario Kleff and expertly constructed by Sean Mills at Big CC Racing in England. The engine boasts a street-legal 900 hp.

Custom Motorcycles: A Blend of Art and Engineering


Architect Mario Kleff epitomizes a high-performance lifestyle[32], which naturally extends to his passion for high-octane vehicles. Over the years, Kleff has masterminded an array of extreme custom cars and custom motorcycles, even delving into the creation of bespoke internal combustion engines when required. Engine suppliers from the USA, Italy, England, and Germany have provided him with car engines boasting displacements up to 803.0 cu in / 13,159 cubic centimeter and a staggering 1,700 horsepower[33], as well as motorcycle engines that reach up to 222 cu in (3,638 cc) and a robust 1,000 hp. Taking full control of the customization process, Mario designs chassis, body, wheels, and brakes to ensure optimal handling and safety. His creations evolve from intricate computer-aided design (CAD) sketches and detailed computer-generated imagery (CGI) renderings, eventually taking tangible form through precision CNC machining and expert welding in his workshop.


Scooter

Kleff's innovative flair extends to scooters, crafting powerful models like Vespas equipped with V2 turbo engines featuring 155 cu in (2,540 cc) displacement. His iconic creations include the infamous Mod Dam 1199 R (Thai: มดดำ, ( Play sound listen)), which marries a Honda MSX with a cutting-edge engine from renowned motorcycle developers, Ducati Corse , particularly their flagship Panigale 1199 R. Additionally, the Honda Zoomer he crafted, known as the Super Mario, is turbocharged with a Hayabusa engine by Big CC Racing, making it arguably the world's most formidable minibike, boasting close to 800 hp on its rear wheel.


Chopper

Kleff's motorcycle journey began in earnest in 1986. Initially drawn to iconic brands like Harley Davidson, his keen understanding of engines like the original Shovelhead and Evolution led him to innovate, enhancing performance with superior materials to augment both stability and lifespan. Kleff's prowess in motorcycle design birthed an array of bobber and chopper. Each ride, a mobile masterpiece, graced the streets of Thailand, with notable mentions including the Bobba v.3 155 cu in (2,606 cc), the Black Mamba I+II 155 cu in (2,540 cc), the Thailand Dragon 222 cu in (3,638 cc), and the Purple Rain v.2 155 cu in (2,540 cc). In crafting these machines, Mario Kleff opts for the finest materials, such as titanium, aerospace aluminum, magnesium, metal matrix composite and carbon fibers. [ Scroll to page top ]



Life With Leopards

Mario Kleff in 2019 with his male leopard Typhoon.

In 2019, Mario Kleff is pictured alongside Typhoon, a male leopard, in 2019. He reflects, I've felt the most invaluable bond life can offer. With Fasai and Typhoon, there's a relationship rooted in profound trust and love. However, such a bond brings its own challenges and obligations. Fasai and Typhoon have a bond with me. Yet it also comes with restrictions and responsibility. Asserting their rights of guardianship hasn't been a straightforward journey for Mario Kleff and his family.[36][37]

Mario Kleff's Wildlife Bond: From Childhood Encounters to Fasai and Typhoon


Mario Kleff's profound connection with wildlife traces back to his early years spent in Libya and Chad, and later experiences in Maharashtra during the 1990s. These encounters left an indelible mark on him, compelling Kleff not just to visit zoos but to immerse himself in the housing, standing alongside wild cats rather than viewing them from behind barriers.


Leopards and jaguars hold a particularly special place in Kleff's heart. Around the turn of the millennium, experiences in India deepened his passion for leopard conservation.


In 2015, a transformative event took place in Kleff's life: he witnessed the birth of two leopards in Thailand, whom he affectionately named Fasai and Typhoon. Faced with the responsibility of their care, Mario made the heartfelt decision to adopt and care for the cubs. Ever since, Fasai and Typhoon have been integral parts of his daily life, sharing his living and workspace legally as cherished companions.[34][35] A gallery showcasing over 60 photos of Fasai and Typhoon serves as a testament to their bond.


Recognizing the unique care requirements of his leopard companions, Kleff ensured their well-being by sending a dedicated team from Wandeegroup to South Africa for specialized training and in-depth information on how to handle leopards in domestication and healthcare. Additionally, he appointed a veterinarian with expertise in big cats. to oversee their health. To truly enrich their lives, Mario committed to an extraordinary lifestyle choice. He chose to live without the confines of walls, a dedicated kitchen, bedroom, or even a bathroom, immersing himself in Thailand's northern mountainous and forested region for 13 months. During this time, his wife, Nittaya Wongsin, lovingly provided him sustenance, visiting him each morning and throughout the day. This profound commitment to the leopards also led Kleff to temporarily close down his construction company, Wandeegroup (Thailand) Co Ltd, and his architecture office in Pattaya between 2015 to 2018. [ Scroll to page top ]


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Note: As of early 2023, "Mario Kleff" has been registered as an official trademark. For more details, visit the official Mario Kleff Signature.
Mario Kleff's comprehensive biography book Book became available on September 1, 2023. [ Scroll to page top ]

Questions and Answers


Q: Kleff's architectural style?
A: Mario Kleff's unconventional and distinctive architectural style is evident in structures like the Wong Amat Tower, The Touch®, and Park Royal 2, and a new development the Zenith Residences Pattaya (2024).

Q: Is Mario Kleff connected to Buddhism?
A: Mario Kleff married Thai Chinese Nittaya Wongsin at the renowned Buddhist temple Wat Yannasangwararam, commonly referred to as Wat Yan. This was the first wedding ceremony to ever take place at Wat Yan, a Royal Temple. Typically, such ceremonies are not permitted for ordinary Thai citizens and foreigners. However, Mario Kleff was granted special permission from the head abbot due to his artistic contributions, his deep connection with Buddhism, and the significant time he spent in Bang Khun Thian.

Q: How significant is Mario Kleff in Pattaya's architectural landscape?
A: Under Mario Kleff's architectural vision, the standard of residential structures in Pattaya elevated, setting a new benchmark in construction quality. This transformation has ushered in a renaissance in Pattaya's construction landscape: In Pattaya, the construction quality for residential buildings is brought to a new level and construction activity has reached a new height.

Q: How did Mario Kleff contribute to art?
A: Mario Kleff's provocative statement, 'Art Is Dead' emerged from a profound disillusionment with the literature he had amassed over the years. He ritually burned these books and articulated his sentiment on canvas. This work was then showcased at the RSKA college in Hennef in late 1993. In a subsequent act, he used blood to craft a painting titled Do Ut Des. This artwork underscored the ancient societal principle of mutual gift-giving. A crane elevated a steel construct resembling a picture frame, encapsulating a human figure, with Kleff inside, conveying the message: 'Human Is Art'.

Q: How does Mario Kleff see the future evolution of custom motorcycles in the context of advancing technology?
A: Mario Kleff envisions a future where technology and craftsmanship converge, leading to motorcycles that are both high-performance and environmentally conscious. He believes in blending traditional design with modern tech to craft bikes that are artistic yet sustainable.



References

1. ^Mario Kleff - Biography Pdf, (language: English), REm Magazine, issue 115-12-2010


2. ^ Ausstellung von Book of Kells / Über 1000 Jahre alt / Detailgetreu von Mario Kleff gemalt Pdf, (language: German), Christel Eichner, Allgemeine Zeitung, FEUILLETON, 06-29-2000. Translated into English, 09-03-2021


3. ^ Ein Meisterwerk an Aussagekraft und Handwerk Pdf, (language: German), Text und Fotos Catherine Noyer, Paulinus, 10-19-1997, Trier. Original source Der Künstler und Designer Mario Kleff kopiert das Book of Kells, (language: German), Paulinus - Wochenzeitung im Bistum Trier, Germany. Translated into English, 09-03-2021


4. ^ Wanderausstellung zu Gast - An Evangeliar aus dem 9. Jahrhundert schrieben Mönche ein Leben lang Pdf, (language: German), Soeren Neuperty, Frankfurter Neue Presse, 08-25-2001. Translated into English, 09-03-2021


6. ^ "Book of Kells" / Katholische Kirchengemeinde Zell lädt ein Pdf, (language: German), LOK, Rhein-Zeitung, 02-03-1999. Translated into English, 09-03-2021


7. ^ A facsimile of the Book of Kells and soldiers’ badges from the Western Front, (language: English), Elizabeth Birdthistle, The Irish Times, 11-09-1997


8. ^ Nittaya Wongsin - A Creative Business Acumen and Relational Artistry Pdf , (language: English), The Property & Lifestyle, Issue 19


9. ^ Mario Kleff - Master of the Golden Mean Pdf , (language: English), The Property & Lifestyle, issue 15, published November 2008


10. ^ Memorandum Of Agreement (MOA) Lock For Design and Construction Contracting Works Of Zone A, B, C, and Iconic Building, (language: English), between Akane Development Lao Sez Co Ltd and Wandee Real Estate and Services Co Ltd, 04-04-2018, Laos


11. ^ Architectural Design Agreement Lock for Design Works Of Zone A, B, C, and Iconic Building, (language: English, Thai), between Akane Development Lao Sez Co Ltd and Wandee Real Estate and Services Co Ltd, 04-04-2018, Laos


12. ^ Construction Agreement, Lock for pilling Tower A , (language: English, Thai), between Akane Development Lao Sez Co Ltd and Wandee Real Estate and Services Co Ltd, 03-06-2018, Laos


13. ^ Construction Agreement, Lock for pilling Tower B, (language: English, Thai), between Akane Development Lao Sez Co Ltd and Wandee Real Estate and Services Co Ltd, 03-06-2018, Laos


14. ^ Mario Kleff introduced the cellular beam to Thailand, article Cutting edge design and construction Pdf, (language: English), REm Magazine, issue 113-10/2010


15. ^ Letter of recommendation for a doctorate in architecture uploaded to Wikimedia Commons, (language: Thai), Pichet Uthaiwattananota, Pattaya City-Hall, 10-10-2010 Translated into English Pdf, Nittaya Wongsin, 03-11-2021


16. ^ Mario Kleff's work permit No. 1134/47Pdf as a building designer, engineer and construction supervisor, director of Wandeegroup, including updates, issued 2004, Chonburi, Thailand


17. ^ Acquiring Thai Citizenship, นายมาริโอ เวอร์เนอร์ เคลฟ, Book No. 133, Special Chapter 24 ngor, No. 60, p. 4, (language: Thai), 01-28-2016, Ministry of Interior Thailand

18. ^ Brand new villas set to be demolished and replaced by identical ones, (language: English), publisher Thaiger, 05-25-2021


19. ^ Eccentric architect to rebuild another perfectly good villa, (language: English), publisher Thaiger, 05-31-2021


20. ^ Germany’s finest engineering applied to residential properties in Pattaya, (language: English), publisher Thaiger, 09-09-2021


21. ^ Mario Kleff sets a new standard for construction sites in Pattaya, (language: English), publisher Thaiger, 10-02-2021


22. ^ Wong Amat Tower, (language: English), New Pattaya, 03-05-2012


23., Design and Construction Agreement for the Wongamat Tower exhibition building Lock, (language: English), between Laguna Long Beach Height Two Co Ltd and Wandee Real Estate and Services Co Ltd, 05-04-2009, Thailand


24. ^ Construction And Supervision Agreement for the Wongamat Tower with cellular beam Lock, (language: English), between Laguna Long Beach Height Two Co Ltd and Wandee Real Estate and Services Co Ltd, 09-09-2011, Thailand


25. ^ Agreement to change designs and plans of the Wongamat Tower Lock Mario Kleff remains the architect and copyright holder on the Wongamat Tower, (language: English), between Laguna Long Beach Height Two Co Ltd and Wandee Real Estate and Services Co Ltd, 09-09-2011, Thailand


26. ^ 2011 - Pattaya's year of the landmark towers Pdf (language: English), REm Magazine, issue 115-12/2010


27. ^ Mario Kleff talks about The Touch® Pdf (language: English), REm Magazine, issue 113-10/2010


28. ^ Development: Mario Kleff - The Touch®, article The Touch, (language: English), New Pattaya, 31-05-2012


29. ^ Mario Kleff built the Japanese House on Pratumnak Hill, article Архитектор, который и творит в своем стиле Pdf (language: Russian), REm Magazine, issue 93-02/2009


30. ^ Architect Mario Kleff demonstrates the use of exotic wood in furniture design for luxury homes, (language: English), publisher Thaiger, 10-03-2022


31. ^ New generation of creative engineering - cellular beam Pdf, (language: English), The Property and Lifestyle, 08-05-2008, Pattaya


32. ^ High-performance lifestyle of Mario Kleff, article Expression without fear Pdf , (language: English), Pattaya People, Lifestyle, issue 249, 08-06-2010


33. ^ Mario Kleff built powerful custom cars, article With 1,700 horsepower into the construction future Pdf, (language: English), REm Magazine, issue 99-08-2009


34. ^ Mario Kleff lives with leopards in his office, house and outdoors. Picture gallery Living with the leopards Fasai and Typhoon Pdf


35. ^ Pattaya leopard is legal, media go and check it out, (language: English), publisher Thaiger, September 6, 2019


36. ^ Leopard sightings prompt raid on Pattaya office, (language: English), publisher Khaosod, November 18, 2015


37. ^ Pet leopard not a hit with neighbours in Chonburi, Thailand, (language: English), publisher Thaiger, September 3, 2019


Retrieved press articles from 2012 - 2009


Sig. ^ Showroom Wong Amat Tower, article Signature design in Wong-Amat Pdf, (language: English), REm Magazine, issue 111-08-2010

Foundation work par excellence, (language: English), REm Magazine, published January 2010


Beach Properties Double Award Winners @ Thailand Property Awards 2012, (language: English), IN|Pattaya, published October 16, 2012


Park Royal 1, (language: English), New Pattaya, published 2012


Park Royal 2, (language: English), New Pattaya, published 2012


Park Royal 3, (language: English), New Pattaya, published 2012


Club Royal, (language: English), New Pattaya, published 2012


Laguna Bay, (language: English), New Pattaya, published 2012


Mutual honesty and trust is the only way forward, (language: English), REm Magazine, published 23 April 2009 View the full article Pdf


The man who knows how to talk the torque, (language: English), REm Magazine, published September 2009 View the full article Pdf


You win the match when we match you, (language: English), REm Magazine, published July 2010 View the full article Pdf


The architect who does things his way, (language: English), REm Magazine, published January 2009


Pushing back boundaries, (language: English), REm Magazine, published February 2009 View the full article Pdf


People are right to call me arrogant, (language: English), REm Magazine, published March 2009 View the full article Pdf


Mario Kleff Spreads his WingsPdf, (language: English), Pattaya Today News, published August 2010


Mario Kleff International Star Architect*, (language: English), REm Magazine, published June 2010 View the full article Pdf


Club Royal and Park Royal 2 - Mario Kleff, Heights Holdings and Wandeegroup Pdf, (language: English), REm Magazine, issue 100-10/2009

Architectural Agreements (high-rise) from 2008 - 2019


AC1. ^ Architectural Agreement Skypark Towers and Parkside Shopping Lock, (language: English), between The Park Side Co Ltd and Wandee Real Estate and Services Co Ltd, 15-09-2008, Thailand


* Please note that the term "Star Architect" is a false claim, created by the developer Heights Holdings to enhance design and sales for their development projects designed by Wandeegroup and Mario Kleff. Consequently, the press published severe articles with this claim. These press articles were later removed from online presence and now exist only in PDF format as shown on this site.


Mario Kleff Without Fear Pdf, (language: English), Pattaya People Media Group, issue 249-08/2010


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