We got another one for you. As we posted last week, we’ve been keeping track of Studio Daniel Libeskind’s master-planned community, Yongsan International Business District in Seoul, Korea.
All the design proposals for this project that are being released are some of the best tower designs we have ever seen (Pentominium, the Cross # Towers, and the Diagonal Tower). This particular proposal, for Block H, was made by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF). It would rise approximately 1,263 feet, and be comprised of a five-star hotel and residential space.
In total, the Block H tower would create close to 1.8 million square feet of space. In addition to hotel and residential suites, there would also be a casino, retail zones, a luxury spa, and the architects have also proposed a banquet hall as part of the hotel portion. Oh, also, it looks like there will be a rooftop pool, which will have trees growing on top of it – why not? And, there will also be those oh, so popular, but very dangerous looking cantilevered pools about halfway up the tower.
KPF’s goal with this tower design was to imitate organic growth. So, the tower is shaped like a “Y” – everything stretches from its centre, like branches from a tree. This also provides the units with greater views and an abundance of natural sunlight throughout the day. The interesting thing about the wings of the tower is that they vary in height. There is a low one, a medium sized one, and the highest one. This way, the design is asymmetrical, like natural rock formations on a mountain, or on the side of a cliff.
Making the facades non-repetitious also plays a big part in imitating organic growth. KPF accomplishes this by using many different materials, including steel, stone, precast, and even wood. It’s refreshing to see a design represent the organic motif without simply having curvy glass and steel.
Once again, we are jealous of a tower proposed for the Yongsan District. Seoul is going to be the coolest city in the world, once this is completed!Google+