AS+GG designs Seoul's new iconic tower project

Ground-breaking for the tower will be done this year. (SUPPLIED)

Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture (AS+GG) announced that it has designed the new head office building for the Federation of Korean Industries (FKI) in Seoul, after winning an international competition to design the project. At more than 240 metres, the tower will be among the tallest buildings in South Korea.

AS+GG is collaborating with engineering firms Thornton Tomasetti and Environmental Systems Design and local firm, Chang-Jo Architects on the project. The building is scheduled to break ground this year with completion slated for 2013.

"Our hope is that the building will provide a new, lasting icon for Seoul's skyline," said Adrian Smith. "The design demonstrates the power of precise, high-performance, contextually- appropriate architecture."

"FKI is comprised of over 500 Korean companies and this building represents the federation's desire to lead in exemplary, sustainable architecture," added Gordon Gill. "We've incorporated an innovative, multi-faceted exterior wall system that will hopefully serve as a new paradigm for future high-performance development."

The building skin is designed to reduce internal heating and cooling loads and collect energy by integrating photovoltaic panels into the spandrel areas of the southwest and northwest facades.

By angling the spandrel panels 30 degrees upward toward the sun, the team maximised the amount of energy collected, generating enough power to maintain electrical systems throughout the tower core and office space.

Just below the spandrel panels, the vision panels are angled 15 degrees downward toward the ground, minimising the amount of direct sun radiation and glare. Together, the alternating spandrel and vision panels create a rippled façade that is both environmentally-progressive and visually striking, giving the tower a unique architectural presence on the skyline, said the firm.

The tower features views of neighbouring Yeoido Park, the Han River and the city. The sculptural podium piece is located on central Yeoi-Dae-Ro Avenue and its amenities include a banquet hall, central restaurant and conference centre.

"The new head office building of the Federation of Korean Industries will represent the strong entrepreneurship of Korean companies that wish to thrive on the world stage," said Byung Chul Jung, CEO of FKI.

 

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