Construction of the Lotte World Tower in Seoul, South Korea designed by high-rise architectural firm KPF is well underway. Won via an international design competition, this new tower will rise up to a pinnacle height of 555 meters. Organized around a mixed-use program including retail, office, hotel and an observation deck at the peak, the tower pulls inspiration from historical Korean arts of ceramics, porcelain, and calligraphy. More details after the break.
Starting from the base, the first nine floors are dedicated to retail taking advantage of the large floorplate area. Floors 11 to 47 are dedicated to office space, floors 52 to 75 house “officetel” space, and floors 80 to 109 earmarked to contain a 7-star luxury hotel. The remaining upper floors of the 123-story tower are allotted for public use and entertainment facilities, which include the observation deck and rooftop café.
KPF and building owners Lotte Moolsan Group are aiming for LEED Gold accreditation. Thus, various proactive strategies are being integrated into the design, namely, photovoltaic panels, wind turbines, external shading devices, and water harvesting systems. A light colored silver glass completes the external high performance envelope.
Slated to top out in 2014 as one of Asia’s tallest supertalls, the project has already received recognition in the form of a Commendation by the MIPIM Future Awards.