Τετάρτη, 1 Φεβρουαρίου 2012

GDS Architects Win 2nd Phase of Cheongna City Tower Competition - the World’s First Invisible Tower?

Rendering of the Eco Prism concept for the Cheongna City Tower competition by GDS Architects (Image: GDS Architects, CG: Rayus)

After winning Phase 1 of the design competion for the supertall Cheongna City Tower (formerly known as Tower Infinity) in Incheon, South Korea (previously on Bustler), international practice GDS Architects has now also taken the Fist Prize in the invited competition (Phase 2) to do the project through design development.http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/gds_architects_wins_second_stage_of_cheongna_city_tower_competition/

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Rendering of the Eco Prism concept for the Cheongna City Tower competition by GDS Architects (Image: GDS Architects, CG: Rayus)
Project Description from the Architects:
The observation tower will be the new national gateway landmark for Korea as passengers travel to and from Incheon Int'l Airport. Instead of symbolizing prominence as another of the world's "tallest and best" towers, it sets itself apart by celebrating the global community rather than focusing on itself. the tower subtly demonstrates Korea's rising position in the world by establishing its most powerful presence through diminishing its presense. Korea will have a unique position of having the "best" tower by having an "anti tower". The tower itself appears to disappear through a unique optical technology. Outdoor promenades connect to Cheongna's water canals and natural park setting. Extensive podium program of retail, children activities, water park, cultural, sports, and ecological activities complete the visitor experience.
Night view (Image: GDS Architects, CG: Rayus)
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Night view (Image: GDS Architects, CG: Rayus)
Eye level view (Image: GDS Architects, CG: Rayus)
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Eye level view (Image: GDS Architects, CG: Rayus)
Aerial view of the plaza (Image: GDS Architects, CG: Rayus)
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Aerial view of the plaza (Image: GDS Architects, CG: Rayus)
Water show (Image: GDS Architects, CG: Rayus)
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Water show (Image: GDS Architects, CG: Rayus)
Skyline (Image: GDS Architects, CG: Rayus)
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Skyline (Image: GDS Architects, CG: Rayus)
Tower section (Image: GDS Architects)
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Tower section (Image: GDS Architects)
Project Details:
Client: Korea Land Corporation and Cheongna Organization
Tower Height: 450m
Site area: 110,400 sqm
Total area: 145,500 sqm, 2,000 parking stalls
Status: International design competition winner, 2008 Second stage competition winner, 2012
Completion: 2014
Phase 2 Winner:
Design Architect: GDS Architects and GDS Korea                                                
Executive Architect: Samoo Architects                                                
Associate Architects: A&U Group Architects, 2HM Architects, Haima Architects   
GDS Team: Charles Wee, AIA, Michael Collins, Scott Callihan
GDSK Team:  Jae Young Jang, Yong Won Sohn, Min Wook Kang
Structural Engineer: King-Le Chang & Associates, USA/Taiwan
Facade/Sustainability: ARUP- Hong Kong

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