Designed as a second scheme option for AS+GG’s Yongsan Parcel B4 Office-tel buildings in Seoul, Korea, the Wave Tower creates a strong architectural statement that is futuristic while reflecting traditional and natural elements.
The tower’s undulating form in elevation is both dynamic and graceful. This curvilinear ‘wave’ form echoes the baehullim of traditional columns, while the yin-yang is evident in the similar, but opposing geometries of two forms coming together around a central core.
Views from the ground are especially dramatic as the building hovers overhead. The changing geometry of the building offers a variety of views, yet an efficiency of planning as each floor is the same shape. A 10-story atrium, located in the vertical space between the two opposing curves, offer a special amenity. The exterior wall works cohesively with the diagrid, forming a harmoniously integrated architecture and structure. Glass ‘pods’, located at the tips of the corner living spaces, offer a special space where one can step out into the sky and have views in many directions.
Sustainable features of the design include recycled water distribution, a high performance curtainwall, a smart-grid integrated Building Management System and a Building Incorporated Photovoltaic-based renewable energy system that will provide at least 6% of the buildings’ energy needs. The tower’s ergonomic and interior elements will promote a flexible work-live environment. Technology and easy user interface will provide all the modern conveniences at each resident’s fingertips.
The office-tel towers are to be the pinnacle of work/living that points to a new concept of multi-living space within an environment that embraces nature and maintains sustainability as a lifestyle.