It’s time we shared yet another proposal for Daniel Libeskind’s master-planned community, the Yongsan International Business District (YIBD). This time, we have Velo Towers, a proposal by a New York firm, Asymptote Architecture.
Velo Towers’ Design
Asymptote took an interesting approach to the design of Velo Towers. Other proposals for the YIBD that we have presented are super tall, but the tallest point of Velo Towers will barely break 500 feet. We like that Asymptote is creating a unique residential area in that lower airspace. It will create a sense of balance with the other soaring towers.
Another interesting aspect to Velo Towers’ design is the seven individual residential sections. The goal behind this division of residential space was probably to create a better sense of community in the YIBD. It’s easier to feel like you’re part of a community in a more intimate environment. Residential space like this is very rare in business districts.
The rounded blocks are situated on different angles as if they were rotating – this allows for more outdoor space and rooftop gardens. The panels comprising Velo Towers will be painted with pearlescent car paint, which will give the towers a subtle glow, but not be blinding like some glass and steel structures.
The two towers are connected by a shared podium, and then again over 400 feet up, by a two-storey bridge. The bridge is where Velo Towers’ amenities would be found, such as several lounges and fitness facilities.
The Units of Velo Towers
The plan for Velo Towers calls for 500 residential units, measuring from 452 to 882 square feet. These sizes are normal for a business district, and would probably accommodate single young professionals and couples. The design and unit sizes suggest a young adult living community.
This is another example of why Seoul, Korea’s YIBD will be one of the best business districts in the world once it is complete. We hope that this proposal is one that Daniel Libeskind and his team deem worthy of their master-plan.Google+