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  4. South Korea
  5. Asymptote Architecture
  6. 2012
  7. Velo Towers / Asymptote Architecture

Velo Towers / Asymptote Architecture

Velo Towers / Asymptote Architecture
Velo Towers / Asymptote Architecture, © Asymptote Architecture
© Asymptote Architecture

Asymptote's Velo Towers, designed for the Yongsan master plan in Seoul, Korea, are formed by vertical cluster of cylindrical volumes which were strategically stacked and rotated to maximize views, privacy and environmental conditions. Consisting of eight distinct residential components, each cluster is carefully choreographed to establish a strong visual connection with the adjacent Yongsan Park and distant Han River. These clusters are complimented by a series of roof gardens, shared amenities and internal circulation spaces centered around light filled open atriums.

© Asymptote Architecture
© Asymptote Architecture

The Velo Towers consist of three major components: a base, the stacked volumes, and a sky bridge. At the base, a plinth connects the towers and provides space for park side condominiums and a covered drop off area beneath. Secondly, the stacked volumes provide gardens, open-air stacks through the cores and a sense of discrete communities within the larger complex. Thirdly, a sky bridge high above not only structurally connects the two towers cores, but also provides public amenities in the sky overlooking Seoul.

© Asymptote Architecture
© Asymptote Architecture

According to the architect, the tower's "design and construction strategy exploits the latest advances in design, materials and digital fabrication that are now being brought forward from the automotive, aerospace and marine industries. By merging these new means of production, and fabrication into building design the Velo Towers offer a glimpse into the future of building with the aid of technological advancements in the fabrication and assembly of building components."

© Asymptote Architecture
© Asymptote Architecture

  • Architects

  • Location

    Yongsan District, Seoul , Korea
  • Design Principals

    Hani Rashid, Lise Anne Couture
  • Project Director

    John Guida
  • Design Team Leaders

    Liam Lowry, Hong Min Kim, DuHo Choi
  • Design Team

    Danny Abalos, Brian Deluna, Rebecca Caillouet, Oliver Dibrova, Rob Eleazer, Tara Hagan, John Hsu, Yu Ping Hsieh, Mu- Jung Kang, Yu Nong Khew, Serra Kiziltan, Makiko Nukaga, Bika Rebek, Matthew Slattery, Valentina Soana, Kane Yanagawa, Margarita Yong, Michael Young
  • Client

    DreamHub Seoul Korea
  • Local Architect

    Siaplan Seoul Korea
  • Structural Engineer

    Arup New York
  • Traffic Engineer

    Siaplan Seoul Korea
  • Sustainability Consultants

    Arup New York
  • MEP Engineer

    Arup New York
  • Facade Consultants

    Arup New York
  • Area

    135000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

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Cite: Barbara Porada. "Velo Towers / Asymptote Architecture" 22 Oct 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884
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