asymptote architecture: velo towers YIBD
 
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jun 14, 2012

asymptote architecture: velo towers YIBD

‘velo towers’ by asymptote architecture, yongsan international business district, seoul, korea all images courtesy of asymptote architecture

new york-based asymptote architecture have sent us images of their ‘velo tower’ development, situated in the yongsan international business district, seoul, korea. the pair of skyscrapers are composed of stacked and rotated volumes which are a programmatic counterpoint to the conventional tall building typology. by breaking down the scale and massing of the two high-rises into interconnected circular dimensions, the project proposes an alternative architectural and urbanistic response to the traditional repetitions of the cityscape.

the eight distinct components are turned and positioned to capture views of the adjacent yongsan park overlooking the han river in the distance. a collection of roof gradients, shared amenities and internal circulation positioned around light-filled atrium spaces are massed to vertically distribute six to eight story residential communities in the yongsan skyline. a raised plinth hovers above the communal landscape which surrounds the base of the towers while the skybridge floats 30 stories above it. the interior fitness, recreation centers, lounges, pools, spas and cafes along with the sky garden provide views of the overall district.

faceted facade

the faceted facades are volumetrically constructed of large prefabricated modules which consist of glass within an custom molded composite shell, finished in pearlescent automotive paint. the 500 individual units vary in size from 45m2 to 82m2 with the option of plug-in interior elements. the fabrication of the building’s form will merge the latest technological advancements of the current automotive, aerospace and marine industries into the construction process.

aerial view

skybridge

exterior of ground level

entrance to lobby

site model

models

elevation

section

section

level / 18

level / 23 – 27

diagram

sketch



video © asymptote architecture
  • Cam shaft and bicycle chain.

    rcvs1 says:
  • It\’s amazing. I mean, this really has a much to do with architecture as building a house with the shape of a hammer, or a teapot with the shape of a wheelbarrow. The neigbouring starchitects must have had some second thoughs about whether it was wise to participate, but now it has officially turned into a sillyness-competition they know for sure it wasn\’t.

    Congrats to the render boys, you seemed to have done some efford – and actually spend time – to try and make the sketch look like a building. Sadly it only seems to make it look more like the sort of scaleless random sketchup-models hobbyists make to pass some time.

    Marco says:
  • Another stacked concrete architecture from hell…a better choice would be as suggested to camp in the park near by 😉

    zozo says:
  • Do They Spin???

    Dan says:
  • what can i say?

    nelson d reyes architect says:
  • luv them

    lo says:
  • Amazing architecture. Very special design. The architectural renderings are also very nice.

    Frontop says:
  • good presentation, especially movie, architecture ok.

    Deepak Shah , Ahmedabad says:
  • Although This project have a nice concept, it seems very unreal.

    sima says:
  • I feel bad for Asymptote… They started their career very well and look what they do now… Playing with Lego… No architectural quality at all. Very little attention to the articulation of different forms with one another. (Squares, Circles and who knows what else) This is going to look and feel very bad in Reality. Not even mentioning how people are going to live there…
    Wow…O maybe Bhaaaaaa.

    RLauren says:
  • A very interesting project, especially the use of prefab technologies in high rise building design. I understand from my friends at Arup that the project is very intelligent in its approach and designed to incorporate some very new approaches to tower construction. I also find, contrary to the previous comment, a great deal of elegance and articulation in the facade approach. I suppose as for living there that is something to be seen when these are constructed. I think this project is an interesting step up for asymptote and nice to see the firms versatility at work here, kudos.

    richardT says:
  • i cant say much i am wordless, this is awsum.

    kezala says:
  • what program they did disaccharides ?

    Look says:

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