New building from Tange Associates to form centrepiece of Seoul's new business district
The new Yongsan International Business District (YIBD) will be the new heart of Seoul. Its cosmopolitan flair, economic power and urban sophistication will be comparable to few other city centres on the global stage. The Tange Building, (identified in the Master Plan as "C1-20"), will be a significant urban anchor at the very centre of the YIBD. The Tange Building will have a strong relationship to the Retail Valley shopping experience, which stretches from the Han River to Yongsan Station. It provides a gross area of 58,400 sq m on 25 floors at a height of 165m. It is distinguished by a unique program mix that combines spaces for ‘learning, creating and communicating’.
The building is comprised of educational institutions, a ‘synergy floor’ for events and exhibitions, a three-storey fitness centre, various regional headquarters for international companies, spaces for private clinics and a world-class restaurant that opens up to the roof top terraces. The architecture is a metaphorical expression of the dynamic energy created by the Retail Valley and the building’s own diverse program. The multi-faceted facade frame embraces the aluminium-glass skin in a powerful, upward-spiraling motion.
The building's objectives for sustainability are to save energy, minimise pollution, preserve natural habitats and balance climate, which will be attained by the use of reflective materials, highly permeable surfaces, energy simulation, passive solar cooling, natural day lighting, alternative power generation, low-emitting interior materials and regional materials.
At night, the facade turns into a giant media wall displaying beautiful digital artwork. The Tange Building's appearance at night has a tremendous visual impact on the Retail Valley and will help give a strong sense of identity to the entire district. Thus, The Tange Building will be an instantly identifiable landmark for the entire district and a symbol for YIBD’s mission to reach out to the world.