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Mario Kleff
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Mario Kleff, 15 October 2008
BornMario Kleff
(1967-11-21) November 21, 1967 (age 56)
Boppard, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany
🏳️ NationalityGerman, Thai[1]
Other namesThiti Teerachin (Thai: ธิติ ธีรชินทร์)
💼 Occupation
📆 Years active  1997-present
🏢 OrganizationWandeegroup Asia Co., Ltd.
Known forBuilding design, custom motorcycles
Notable workReproduction of the Book of Kells, Wongamat Tower, Mod Dam 1199 R
👩 Spouse(s)Nittaya Wongsin
👶 ChildrenJiang Li Wongsin, Banù Çaĝiran, Lale Çaĝiran, Tara Arabella de Buitléir, Miró Dollinger
👴 👵 Parent(s)Heinrich Kleff, Adelheid Kleff
🌐 WebsiteMario Kleff: A brief biography

Mario Kleff (born November 21, 1967 in Boppard, Germany) is a prominent architect,[2] designer, and entrepreneur[3] who rose from humble beginnings to become a renowned figure in the architecture and design sectors of Thailand.[4] His signature creations have transformed the skyline of Pattaya, setting a new benchmark for design and construction quality.[5][6][7]

Early Life and Career[edit]

In the 1990s, Mario Kleff's artistic journey began in the cities of Bonn and Munich, Germany, where he pursued a career in fine art and design. He gained significant attention and praise for his replicated pages from the Book of Kells,[8][9] an ancient manuscript. His replication skills led him to various exhibitions across Germany,[10] including the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz and the Diocesan Museum in Trier.[11][12][13] Kleff further expanded his repertoire by delving into the realms of new media, photography, DJing, stage designing, and advertising. He worked for prominent companies, including the globally recognized BBDO and Japan's Hakuhodo Inc. Mario Kleff's controversial performance art in the late 1990s, notably "Art Is Dead, Do Ut Des and Human Is Art, provoked discussions and challenged conventional norms in the art world".


  • Mario Kleff wins Honorable Mention in 2023 LIV Hospitality Design Awards with the design Japanese House II.[14]
  • Mario Kleff design South Beach Boutique Chic wins Best Boutique Condo Development on the Eastern Seaboard at the 2012 Thailand Property Awards.[15]

Personal Branding[edit]

By the end of 2020, Mario Kleff had designed over 150 structures, with more than 30 condominium blocks and over 20 villas attributed to his name until early 2009.[16][17][18][19][20][21] The name "Mario Kleff" became a registered trademark for architecture design in 2023.[22]

Architectural contributions[edit]

Wong Amat Tower[edit]

Located in Pattaya Nuea, the Wong Amat Tower, often referred to as Wongamat Tower, is a distinguished 38-story structure housing 361 units. Completed in 2015, it is noted for Mario Kleff's design which began in 2008 and featured a pioneering approach including the use of a cellular beam and modular design. However, the original steel frame was later replaced by reinforced concrete columns and prestressed concrete slabs.[23] The design is copyrighted to Mario Kleff, though rights for alterations were granted to the developer, Heights Holdings, in 2013.[24]

Mario Kleff - The Touch®[edit]

Perched on Phra Tamnak Hill in Pattaya, The Touch® stands tall as a landmark 33-story high-rise, distinguished for its two-column design and floor span of over 25 meters..[25][26][27] Mario Kleff was both the designer and developer of this innovative project. Started in 2011, the project was later sold and reconstructed as Andromeda (skyscraper). The Touch® is celebrated for its sleek glass façade, sturdy reinforced hollow-core concrete columns, and its earthquake-resistant design.

Park Royal 2 Condominium[edit]

Park Royal 2, part of the Park Royal Series, is a 8-story building with 85 units. Completed in 2011, its design is marked by the use of a cellular beam and post-tensioned concrete.[28]

High-Performance Vehicles[edit]

External video
Mario Kleff Vespa 2540cm³, Wikimedia Commons, 2015-05-26. The second Vespa scooter built by Mario Kleff with an American V-Twin engine of 155 cu in (2,540 cc) produced 145 kW (195 hp) with 95 octane fuel.
Mario Kleff and his motorcycle 159, Wikimedia Commons, 2016-07-14. The 159 was designed by Mario Kleff. It has a 159.0 cu in (2,605 cc) high compression motor for street.
Mario Kleff 1000 horsepower truck, Wikimedia Commons, 2012-05-22. Designed by Mario Kleff: 750 kW (1,000 hp) daily truck for street use.

Mario Kleff is also known for creating an array of custom cars[29], motorcycles, and scooters. From vehicles with engine displacements reaching 803.0 cu in (13,159 cc) to motorcycles Thailand Dragon with a massive 222.0 cu in (3,638 cc) displacement, Kleff's passion for speed and performance is evident. His notable creations include potent scooters such Mod Dam 1199 R, Vespa with up to 155 cu in (2,540 cc) displacement[30] and Honda Zoomer, the "Super Mario Hayabusa street bike" with over 579 kW (776 hp).

Personal Life[edit]

Beyond his professional commitments, Kleff's personal life is enriched by his high-performance lifestyle, which includes a penchant for custom-made vehicles and. He has also been known to spend significant time with wild cats, particularly leopards and jaguars, reflecting a deep respect and love for these majestic creatures. During 2015-2018, Mario Kleff even shut down his construction company and his architecture office in Pattaya, dedicating his time entirely to the well-being of his adopted leopards Fasai and Typhoon.[31] In 2021, Kleff approved the development of the Biography Mario Kleff - Without Fear.

Early building designs ( 2008–2015 )[edit]


  • Amazon | Mario Kleff: Without Fear, Language: English, Author: Robert Collins, Publisher: Independently published (September 01, 2023).[4]
  • REm | Mario Kleff: The lobster and the shrimp, Language: English, Author: Mario Kleff, (October 05, 2023).[34]


Since 2016, Mario Kleff has held Thai citizenship, granting him the right to vote and the ability to own property in Thailand.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Ministry of Interior Thailand (2016-01-18). "ประกาศกระทรวงมหาดไทย เรื่อง การได้สัญชาติไทย" (PDF). p. 4. Retrieved 2023-09-09.
  2. "The development of Mario Kleff, architect". Der Farang. 2023-03-30. Retrieved 2023-09-10.
  3. "2011 - Pattaya's year of the landmark towers" (PDF). REm. 2010-05-12. Retrieved 2023-09-10.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Mario Kleff - Without Fear". Independently published. 2023-09-02. ISBN 979-8860179745. Retrieved 2023-09-10.
  5. "In Pattaya, The Construction Quality For Residential Buildings Is Brought To A New Level". Thai Construction. 2022-11-26. Retrieved 2023-09-10.
  6. "Pattaya's construction activity has reached a new height". Thai.News - Thailand Breaking News. 2023-06-10. Retrieved 2023-09-10.
  7. "Building dreams: Concrete ideas flow at Pattaya villa meet for Zenith Residences". Thaiger. 2023-08-10. Retrieved 2023-09-10.
  8. "Traveling exhibition as guest - monks wrote gospels from the 9th century for their entire lives" (PDF). Frankfurter Neue Presse. 2001-08-25. Retrieved 2023-09-10.
  9. Michael Embach (1997-05-17). The glamor of the Middle Ages. p. 41. ISBN 978-3790201642. Retrieved 2023-09-06. Search this book on
  10. "Most beautiful book in the world in the Bacharach Josefskapelle Exhibition Book of Kells reproduced by Mario Kleff" (PDF). Allgemeine Zeitung. 2000-06-29. Retrieved 2023-09-10.
  11. "The artist and designer Mario Kleff copied the Book of Kells" (PDF). Paulinus. 1997-10-19. Retrieved 2023-09-10.
  12. "Book of Kells - Over 1000 years old - Carefully reproduced by Mario Kleff" (PDF). Allgemeine Zeitung. 2000-06-29. Retrieved 2023-09-10.
  13. "Das "Book of Kells" in Bildern, Texten und Gesängen". Mainzer Bistumsnachrichten. 2001-04-25. Retrieved 2023-09-10.
  14. "Winner - Japanese House II". LIV Hospitality Design Awards. 2024-03-14. Retrieved 2024-03-18.
  15. "Thailand Property Awards 2012 winners announced - Asia Property Awards". PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards. 2012-10-13. Retrieved 2024-03-18.
  16. "Mutual honesty and trust is the only way forward" (PDF). REm. 2009-08-04. Retrieved 2023-09-10.
  17. "People are right to call me arrogant" (PDF). REm. 2009-03-10. Retrieved 2023-09-10.
  18. "Deep knowledge with an intelligent base" (PDF). REm. 2009-05-10. Retrieved 2023-09-10.
  19. "Why Wandeegroup is consistently successful" (PDF). REm. 2009-09-12. Retrieved 2023-09-10.
  20. "Ready to move in" (PDF). REm. 2010-08-07. Retrieved 2023-09-10.
  21. "Signature design in Wong-Amat Mario Kleff's real showroom of the Wong Amat Tower" (PDF). REm. 2010-08-07. Retrieved 2023-09-10.
  22. "Trademark registration information Mario Kleff Thailand". Department of Intellectual Property. 2023-01-06. Retrieved 2023-09-10.
  23. "Development, Promoting the new Pattaya - Wong Amat tower". 2010-07-18. Archived from the original on 2013-05-12. Retrieved 2023-09-10. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  24. "Agreement to change designs and plans of the Wongamat Tower". 2010-09-09. Retrieved 2023-09-10. Unknown parameter |Author= ignored (|author= suggested) (help)
  25. "Development, Promoting the new Pattaya - Wong Amat Tower". 2012-05-31. Archived from the original on 2013-12-05. Retrieved 2023-09-10. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  26. "Architect Kleff branches out with first development". 2010-07-18. Archived from the original on 2013-05-12. Retrieved 2023-09-10. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  27. "Mario Kleff talks about The Touch®" (PDF). REm. 2010-10-09. Retrieved 2023-09-10.
  28. "Park Royal 2 Condo: Mario Kleff's Architectural Significance". Build Pattaya. 2023-09-09. Retrieved 2023-10-09.
  29. "Mario Kleff: Pushing Back Boundaries in Pattaya Architecture". Build Pattaya. 2023-10-03. Retrieved 2023-10-09.
  30. "Vespa with a 155 ci V-Twin". Engine Swap Depot. 2016-05-03. Retrieved 2023-09-10.
  31. "Mario Kleff lives with the leopards Fasai and Typhoon". Wandeegroup Asia. 2023-01-06. Retrieved 2023-09-21.
  32. "Development, Promoting the new Pattaya - Park Royal 1". 2012-05-31. Archived from the original on 2013-05-12. Retrieved 2023-09-10. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  33. "Development, Promoting the new Pattaya - Park Royal 2". 2012-05-31. Archived from the original on 2013-05-12. Retrieved 2023-09-10. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  34. "The lobster and the shrimp" (PDF). REm. 2010-10-07. Retrieved 2023-09-10.

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