FCD Yongsan Master Plan and Towers
Seoul, South Korea



 

 

Asymptote's master plan for the FCD (Financial Central District) precinct located at the Yongsan site in the center of Seoul is designed to produce a choreographed three-dimensional planning strategy and silhouette on the skyline of the city. This new approach to master planning at this scale allows for not only the conventional layouts and programming according to usage, density and space allocation, it also allows for three dimensional view corridors, proximity planning, environmental optimization and other new approaches to building massing and design. 

 

Through the calibration of the heights and massing of all of the towers relative to each other the master plan adheres to rules of placement, composition and adjacencies that help form an efficient, elegant and highly optimized new city center. 

 

The strong and vibrant image that has been created for the new Yongsan district reflects an attitude to 21C developments in the Seoul context that embrace environmental sustainability, technological progress, modern elegance and sophistication. At the ground level the podium buildings frame and contain a vast horizontal green network of parks, urban spaces, cultural amenities, as well as an efficient layout of new streets, bike paths, pedestrian pathways, and various other public places and venues. Above the parks and green expanses the surrounding spires produce a verticality that is awe-inspiring. The master plan integrates human scale and needs with the necessity of a new vital, vibrant and efficient central business district for 21C Seoul. 

Date: 2008

 

Site area: 500 acres 

tower area: 300,000 m2

 

Location: Seoul, South Korea

 
Architect: Asymptote Architecture


Design: Hani Rashid, Lise Anne Couture

 

Project Director: Volkan Alkanoglu, John Guida

 

Design Team : Sebastian Andia, Matt Post, Christoph Ziegler, Kee Hyun Ahn

 

Daniel Gillen, Richard Heger, Julie Bogdanowicz, Ariane Stracke, Jonathan Kleinhampel, Ben Ritter, Julia Elise Hoins, Francesco Lopez-Martinez, Tae-Hyung Park, Ji Young Kim

 

Client: Yongsan Development Co., Ltd Seoul Kora 


Landscape Architect: Buro Kiefer


Structural Engineer: Thorton Thomasetti New York


Mep Engineer: Flack & Kurtz New York


Civil Engineer: Langan


Environmental & Sustainability: Transsolar


Cost Estimation & Quantity Surveyor: Davis Langdon


Interactive & Digital Media: Art + Com Berlin


Facade Consultant: Billings Design Associates


Urban Metrics: Space Syntax