daniel libeskind: dancing + harmony tower schemes YIBD
daniel libeskind: dancing + harmony tower schemes   YIBD daniel libeskind: dancing + harmony tower schemes   YIBD
may 29, 2012

daniel libeskind: dancing + harmony tower schemes YIBD

‘harmony tower’ by studio daniel lieskind, seoul, south korea all images courtesy of studio daniel libeskind image © crystal

new york-based studio daniel libeskind‘s ‘dancing towers’ and ‘harmony tower’ will join the newly developing yongsan international business district in seoul, korea. one site will feature a singular building, the ‘harmony tower’ with a geometric profile. nearby, a second location contains the ‘dancing towers’, a cluster of three undulating buildings with 41-stories of residential program. a podium will interlock the base of the separate structures, giving a common ground to the complex which will host 834 individual housing units.

the gently rotating floor plates generate the illusion of motion, specifically representing the movements of the traditional korean buddhist dance, seung-moo and their long-sleeved costumes. alternating concrete fin walls cantilever from the central core to support the floor slabs allowing a column-free interior with panoramic views from the apartments.

harmony tower at dusk image © crystal

the design of the ‘harmony tower’ evokes the form of a yundeung, a korean paper lantern. comprised of large facets, the glazed panels reflect the sky and activity below, capturing the light at different angles. sculpted to the context, the tower tapers towards the pedestrian plaza below, marking a gateway to visitors at the western entrance. as the form ascends, the inclined faces culminate at a prominent peak.

vertical winter gardens along the south and west side of the site offer ventilation and vegetated settings for employees of the 38 office levels. buffering direct sunlight, the space minimizes solar heat gain.

aerial view of harmony tower and surrounding site image © crystal

street level view of the tower image © crystal

pedestrian approach image © crystal

porte cochère vehicle entry image © crystal

office space image © crystal

at night images © crystal

dancing towers image © crystal

aerial view of dancing towers, podium and surrounding site image © crystal

approach to the three towers image © crystal

view of dancing towers and podium image © crystal

street level entry to the podium image © crystal

podium image © crystal

aerial view of podium at dusk image © crystal

entry image © crystal

site plan / dancing towers

site plan / harmony tower

sketch of dancing towers

sketch of harmony tower

project info:

project name: dancing towers location: seoul, south korea building size: 265,000 sq.m structure: concrete central core with cantilevered concrete fin walls and floor slabs client: dream hub, amc – yongsan development co., ltd. structural engineer: ARUP mechanical / electrical / plumbing engineer: ARUP landscape architect: martha schwartz partners lighting designers: focus lighting status: in design

project name: harmony tower location: seoul, south korea building size: 100,000 sq.m structure: concrete central core and floor slabs with steel columns and mega bracing client: dream hub, amc – yongsan development co., ltd. structural engineer: ARUP mechanical / electrical / plumbing engineer: ARUP landscape architect: martha schwartz partners lighting designers: focus lighting status: in design

  • Looks like Libeskind put more effort into signing those two stupid sketches than he did into the design itself. For Daniel, it’s all about his name and his out of control ego.

    Mordechai L says:
  • Just when you think Libeskind has bottomed out, he proves that it is possible to be worse than his most recent project. These are both embarrassingly bad, but ‘Dancing Towers’ has the edge in overall grossness. The bulbous base with the sunken plaza would fail any 1st year student presentation.

    ASTI says:
  • another stupid tower 🙁

    totoro says:
  • Libeskind’s recent ‘curvy tower’ phase is worse than his ‘crystal shard’ phase. How can one guy can be so consistently bad?

    SJP says:
  • Libeskind must think his sketches qualify as art because he used a brush and gouache. He should be ashamed to put his name to such a pathetic doodle.

    A.Roberts says:
  • There’s no design development. I suspect that Libeskind just sends the dumb sketch to a cheap rendering shop in China and they embelllish it a bit. It’s still very crude and ignorant.

    InSight says:
  • Interesting contrast of styles between these two designs. These are more humane buildings than he’s produced in a while. For once he’s not designing “over the top”, let’s recognize his forward progression within an established and long career.

    BJC says:
  • The design is subtle and magnificent! The towers are totally dancing in the sky. It’s like they are swaying their hips to the music on the dance floor.

    Kelly R. says:
  • Kelly R….

    Have you ever listened to Anthrax…it’s really subtle too

    TBW says:
  • The Dancing Towers are ridiculous. Libeskind has reduced architecture to one liner sound bites for mass consumption by the gullible and the aesthetically ignorant.

    David G. K. says:
  • Libeskind was a one-hit-wonder with the Jewish Museum. Then he became the world’s most pretentious freakshow schlock artist. Now he’s a corporate hack churning out the sort of banal high-rise projects usually done by no-name Korean CAD sweatshops. But Libeskind probably still calls himself a genius when he looks in the mirror.

    Cain says:
  • yeah but cain what do you have to show for it?

    wazzup says:
  • Great concept sketches. I bet a lot of critical thought and site/program analysis went into those. Maybe a whole 10 seconds.

    Derain says:
  • I wonder why he didn’t call the first one Crystal like all his other projects?

    AJ says:
  • The Dancing Towers’ Podium is pretty silly, like some kid’s idea of architecture, or maybe a retail outlet for Disneyland.

    Manolo says:
  • I see the images of Dancing Towers are all copyright ‘Crystal’. I knew Libeskind had to get that dumb name in there somewhere.

    Torah says:
  • How long will it take for the Koreans to come to the same conclusion that New Yorkers and all Americans already understand, namely that Daniel libeskind is a poseur, a circus clown and a lousy designer?

    JAD says:
  • It’s not what you create


    how to present & sell it

    Isen’t it mr.Libeskind ?

    guido s. says:
  • umm..no more libeskind

    bb says:
  • 6 people were killed while they evict people who lived there for this project. google Young sam massacre

    LC says:
  • 6 people were killed while Samsung and the Koren GOV evict people who lived at Youngsan for this project 2009. google Young San massacre. Seoul people can’t be happy with those architectural clowns.

    LC says:
  • Daniel Libeskind keeps getting worse. Is there no bottom to the slime pit he gets his dumb ideas from?

    boyo 10 says:

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