GDS Architects Win 2nd Phase of Cheongna City Tower Competition - the World's First Invisible Tower?
By Bustler Editors|
Thursday, Jan 26, 2012
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.
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.
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
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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