riken yamamoto and field shop: breeze YIBD
riken yamamoto and field shop: breeze   YIBD riken yamamoto and field shop: breeze   YIBD
may 30, 2012

riken yamamoto and field shop: breeze YIBD

‘breeze’ by riken yamamoto & field shop, seoul, korea all images courtesy of riken yamamoto & field shop

japanese practice riken yamamoto & field shop has designed ‘breeze’, a cluster of three towers for the R2 block of the emerging yongsan international business district in seoul, korea. three 47-storey tall buildings grow from a hilly landscape that encases the 7-storey podium. similar to fabric billowing in the wind, the curving facades respond to the geography of the adjacent han river and produce unrestricted vistas of the waterfront. their positioning in relation to each other supports cross views, intake of natural daylight and the effect of wind forces upon the structures.

inset within the artificial topography, footprints emerge from the sloping rooftop park, starting wider and becoming more slender at the 20th floor of the building. officetel and shopping at the base are linked with the elevated green public plaza, forming a secondary ground level for activity. within the interior retail forum, 25 meter high spaces link the city side of the masterplan towards the river. lobbies and amenities catering to the residences and the units are positioned within the upper parts of the skyscrapers.

upward view of the curving facades

approach to the towers emerging from the hilly podium

within the ‘hill’

retail forum

aerial view of podium






section / podium

wall section

project info:

project: yongsan international business district R2 block location: seoul, korea usage: residential, officetel and retail site area: 14,994sqm building area: 8,830sqm B.C.R.: 58.89% no. of floors: 47F/ 8BF total height: 188.2m G.F.A. [above ground]: 94,292sqm G.F.A. [below ground]: 95,120sqm total: 189,506sqm F.A.R.: 599.88% total number of parking lots: 1,241EA facility area [residence]: 132,655sqm facility area [officetel]: 22,649sqm facility area [retail]: 34,201sqm facility area [total]: 189,506sqm structure: RC+SC MEP system: central-heating / individual cooling system

client: yongsan development co., ltd. lead architect: riken yamamoto & field shop local architect: haeahn architecture structure, MEP and façade engineer: ARUP

  • Nice, functional, simple, and fluid space. I prefer this than Tange’s.. too bad SANAA, Sou fujimoto, or Junya Ishigami not join in this project, i’m curious to see their design for skyscrapers hehehe

    ray says:
  • 6 people were killed while Samsung and the Korean 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. We HATE who started this unnecessary project.

    Youngsan Massacre 2009 says:

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