Facebook Twitter Pinterest
GDS Architects Win 2nd Phase of Cheongna City Tower Competition - the World’s First Invisible Tower?
Posted: Thursday, January 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.

Rendering of the Eco Prism concept for the Cheongna City Tower competition by GDS Architects (Image: GDS Architects, CG: Rayus)

Click above image to view slideshow
Rendering of the Eco Prism concept for the Cheongna City Tower competition by GDS Architects (Image: GDS Architects, CG: Rayus)

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.

Night view (Image: GDS Architects, CG: Rayus)

Click above image to view slideshow
Night view (Image: GDS Architects, CG: Rayus)

Eye level view (Image: GDS Architects, CG: Rayus)

Click above image to view slideshow
Eye level view (Image: GDS Architects, CG: Rayus)

Aerial view of the plaza (Image: GDS Architects, CG: Rayus)

Click above image to view slideshow
Aerial view of the plaza (Image: GDS Architects, CG: Rayus)

Water show (Image: GDS Architects, CG: Rayus)

Click above image to view slideshow
Water show (Image: GDS Architects, CG: Rayus)

Skyline (Image: GDS Architects, CG: Rayus)

Click above image to view slideshow
Skyline (Image: GDS Architects, CG: Rayus)

Tower section (Image: GDS Architects)

Click above image to view slideshow
Tower section (Image: GDS Architects)

Project Details:

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
Completion: 2014

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

Design concept: eco prism design goals (Image: GDS Architects) Design concept: eco prism project approach (Image: GDS Architects)


Comments:
montaigne
New York
Friday, January 27, 2012
Congratulations to everyone involved, but where is the stealth anti-tower optical technology? It looks a Zelda cock and balls amusement park. Convincingly self-referential.

PIG
canada
Friday, January 27, 2012
haha,

waste of effort

victimeyes
los angeles
Friday, January 27, 2012
another ego in the clouds is another penis in the sky.

Jim
Friday, January 27, 2012
Is the unique optical technology on in the pictures? In the renderings the building looks a lot like a tower, not an anti-tower. But an interesting idea, nevertheless.

adam
ny
Monday, January 30, 2012
Sorry, what was all that, it's a national gateway, but it's disappearing, it's 450m tall but it's presence is diminishing, it's not focusing on itself.....what? What a load of crap, at least it will have it's share of balloons and fireworks. Now, if only it could disappear completely, that would be some optical technology.

The Don
US of A
Saturday, February 04, 2012
...and it's magically delicious!! And it's totally sustainable, but will use electricity and it has no glazing just a revolutionary optical technology called "glass". No elevators but clients will ride balloons between floors!

This phallic typology typifies the nascent manly hood of most Asian and Arabic towers and clients; in as much as they despise the US they strive in every way to show their prowess thinking we revere them when they are in our offices and while we are smiling and bowing thinking inside here's your lame crap give us our money. Throw some lasers on it and call it done. "Ahhhhh You Numa One!"

Ryan
Tuesday, February 07, 2012
this is so ugly. way too many triangles

Featured Competitions:
image
Register/Submit: Sep 1
image
Register: Sep 30 / Submit: Oct 21
image
Register: May 25 / Submit: Jul 13
image
Register: Jul 6 / Submit: Jul 30

Search News by Keyword:
Advertisement