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B-449) Buildings | YIBD Building Block C1-20 Tange Associates

YIBD Block C1-20 / Tange Associates
Architects: Tange Associates
Location: Seoul, South Korea
Design: Paul Tange, Yasuhiro Ishino, Michael Thanner
Client: Dreamhub LTD., Seoul / Yongsan Development Co. Ltd, Seoul
Building Height: 165 m
Site Area: 9,734
Gross Floor Area: 58.400
Building Scale: 25 Stories above Ground, 1 Story below Ground,
 (5 Stories of External Use below Ground)

The new Yongsan International Business District (YIBD), which will be the new heart of Seoul, will be comparable only to a few other city centers on the global stage. As part of the district, the Block C1-20 building, designed by Tange Associates, is a metaphorical expression of the dynamic energy created by the Retail Valley and the building’s own diverse program. More images and architects’ description after the break.

The building provides a gross area of 58,400 on 25 floors and at a height of 165 m. 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-story fitness center, various regional headquarters for international companies, spaces for private clinics and a 3-star restaurant that opens up to the roof top terraces.

Its multi-faceted facade frame embraces the building’s aluminum-glass skin in a powerful, upward-spiraling motion. At night, the facade turns into a giant media wall displaying beautiful digital artwork. The 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, it will be an instantly identifiable Landmark for the entire district and a symbol for YIBD’s mission to reach out to the world.