Studio Daniel Libeskind

Dancing Towers

Seoul, South Korea

Location

Seoul, South Korea

Building size

  • 265,000 sq.m
  • 189 m Elevation

Structure

Concrete central core with cantilevered concrete fin walls and floor slabs

Structural Engineer

ARUP

Mechanical / Electrical / Plumbing Engineer

ARUP

Landscape Architect

Martha Schwartz Partners

Lighting Designer

Focus Lighting

Status

In design

Project Brief

Dancing Towers, a project that is part of the new Yongsan International Business District YIBD development in Seoul, is a mixed used development that consists of three 41 story residential towers,( a total of 834 total residential units) with amenities, retail, parking and a connecting commercial podium base.

The design for the Dancing Towers is inspired by the traditional Korean Buddhist Dance known as Seung-Moo. The subtle rotation of the towers creates the illusion they are dancing, as inspired by the long sleeves of the Seung-Moo dancer’s traditional costumes, gracefully propelled by the dancer’s movements. The towers are engineered with a unique structure of a central concrete core and alternating cantilevered fin walls to support the floors that create column free buildings that allow the forms to ‘dance’ and twist while opening up panoramic views from the apartment interiors.

While creating an interrelated composition, the location of the three towers in the site and each tower’s rotations are oriented to create maximum light and views toward the water, the YIBD project, the city of Seoul and the mountains beyond for the residents.