dominique perrault: the blade yongsan international business district dominique perrault: the blade yongsan international business district
may 14, 2012

dominique perrault: the blade yongsan international business district

‘the blade’ by dominique perrault, yongsan international business district, seoul, korea image © luxigon / DPA / adagp

 

 

 

paris-based dominique perrault architecture has developed ‘the blade’, a 300 meter high tower positioned within the future dream hub yongsan international business district. the structure establishes itself in as a geographical landmark. its silhouette and shape is not a square or round building but a rhomboid prism, arranged in a way to make it look dynamic depending on the angle of approach. it is slender in shape with sharp edges contrasting the urban landscape. the edifice is in a dialogue of light and reflections with the neighboring skyscrapers as its facade fragments and reconstructs the perspective like an optical instrument.

 

the skin of the tower is clad with glass, which allows the exterior to release luminous halos which envelop the outline of the structure. this vibration creates a sense that the architecture is living, transforming itself with the movements of the sun and the changes of light. the project sculpts the void space, offering views of the grand seoul landscape. the grand lobby, the business forum, the panorama lobby constitute as many cut-outs in the volume, which are dedicated to promenades and relaxation. this superposition of free areas contrasts with the constructed volume of adjacent skyscrapers and accentuates the lightness of the prism.

 

see designboom’s original coverage of the dream hub yongsan master plan.

exterior silhouette image © luxigon / DPA / adagp

facade detail image © luxigon / DPA / adagp

entrance image © dominique perrault

sunken plaza image © dominique perrault

entrance lobby image © dominique perrault

business forum image © dominique perrault

business restaurant image © dominique perrault

office space image © dominique perrault

elevations images © dominique perrault

night view image © dominique perrault

site plan image © dreamhub

roof plan image © dominique perrault

section diagram image © dominique perrault

section diagram image © dominique perrault

 

 

 

project info:

 

client: dreamhub – yongsan development co., ltd. location: yongsan international business center – sky island, seoul, korea architect: dominique perrault architecture architect of the records: samoo engineering: bollinger + grohmann (structures), hl technik (building services, security, coordination), jean-paul lamoureux (accoustic). concept design: december 2011 schematic design: april 2012 estimated beginning of the construction: january 2013 estimated end of the construction: december 2016 tower height: 29 250 m number of levels: 56 above ground, 8 underground surfaces: tower 128 400 sqm, pavilion 3 300 sqm, total 131 700 sqm footprint: tower 2 570 sqm, pavilion 875 sqm, sunken plaza 780 sqm program: business forum, wellness lobby, offices and panorama lobby

  • bored of this…the architecture of the empire…

    XLP says:
  • THIS WILL BE THE FUTURE.

    Thomas Edison says:
  • Korea is going to be crazy with this type of architecture. I am looking forward to see it slice the sky.

    Christina A. says:
  • All the designs are only being completed by the “design” architect to a conceptual/ schematic submission. After that, the constructions companies take over. It is all down hill from the colorful perspectives folks!

    Kimjinh says:

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