Although this proposal by Asymptote did not win the “Dream Hub” master plan competition for the Yongsan International Business District of Seoul, South Korea, I’m totally blown away by their ambitious imagination.
The FCD Yongsan Landmark Tower was conceived and designed to be among the most important and elegant tall buildings of the century. The design of the project utilizes a powerful idea of coupling and stringing together three towers, though each is structurally stable and produces a powerful, iconic image in its own right. The Landmark Tower has been designed to confront the notion of a single spire or object and, instead, utilizes the number three in a powerful way to create a singularity and presence unlike any other.
The inherent symbolism of this tower appeals to the global community and places a focus on South Korea, specifically on Seoul's aspirations for the future. The design of the Tower predicts a new century of accomplishments, of grandeur coupled with modesty and of success coupled with effort and growth. It is a symbol of harmony, reconciliation, possibilities, and beauty.