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Danging Dragons, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill, Seoul Korea, Adrian Smith, skyscrapers, Yongsan

We get the dragon part, but what about the dancing? “There’s a sympathetic and complementary relationship between the two masses at the level of the cuts, almost as though they were dancing,” explains Adrian Smith in a press release.

With operable 600-mm vents through which air can circulate, the towers’ scale-like skin is actually a performative element that will be used for ventilation. The design team also includes Chicago-based energy and engineering firm PositivEnergy Practice, which is providing consulting on the two towers’ energy-efficient systems. Some of the green features will include photovoltaic arrays on the roof surfaces, radiant heating, fuel-cell cogeneration units at the basement level,  and triple-glazed windows to minimize heat loss.

The angular, mixed-use skyscrapers will be located in Seoul’s Yongsan International Business District, and they will be part of the larger Yongsan master plan by Studio Daniel Libeskind. The 450- and 390-meter-tall towers will include residential, “officetel” and retail elements. V-shaped massing cuts at the top and bottom of the mini-towers help reinforce the buildings’ angular geometry, and the cuts are arranged in a radial pattern that can be seen as viewers at ground level move around the towers. According to Smith + Gill, those massing cuts are meant to echo the eaves of traditional Korean temples.

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