Haeundae Udong Hyundai I’Park

Busan, South Korea

Description

Here, on the waterfront of the southern city of Busan, the largest city in South Korea after Seoul, Studio Libeskind created the tallest residential tower in Asia*.  The Haeundae Udong   mixed-use project also encompasses two other residential towers, a 34-floor high-rise hotel, an office tower, and a three-floor retail building with residential units—altogether a 4 ½ million-square-foot development.

Instead of simply extruding the footprints of these oceanside buildings, Studio Libeskind varied the heights, curved the façades and tapered the profiles to create a sculptural composition on the horizon.  The curvilinear geometry serves a sustainability strategy, harvesting and modulating natural light.  The concept is a homage to traditional Korean architecture, which often derives its forms from natural beauty—the curl of an ocean wave, the unique composition of a flower petal, or the wind-filled sails of a ship.

“Neither frothily hip nor elegantly staid, this new hotel embraces luxury with understated 21st-century chic, and fascinating visual riffs on an earlier epoch.” – Globe and Mail (July 2013)

(*As of 2013)

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