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Dancing Dragons by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

Rendering of proposed Dancing Dragons by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture as seen from the air with streets behind them
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We've been already posting about new Yongsan International Business District proposed for capital of South Korea, Seoul which is getting ready to get new impressive business district full of amazing towers designed by world's most famous architects and architecture firms. This time, you will read about Dancing Dragons Towers designed by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture.


The tallest skyscraper in new 3.4 million square m development will be Triple One Landmark Tower by Renzo Piano. AS+GG's Dancing Dragins will be one of the tallest towers in district. Tower 1 is set to grow to 450m (1,476ft) with 88 floors while tower 2 will be 390m (1,279ft) with 77 floors.

"Dancing Dragons is a pair of landmark supertall mixed-use towers for the new Yongsan International Business District in Seoul, Korea. The buildings, which include residential, “officetel” and retail elements, consist of slender, sharply angled mini-towers cantilevered around a central core.  The design aesthetic is highly contemporary yet informed by aspects of traditional Korean culture.


The mini-towers feature a dramatic series of diagonal massing cuts that create living spaces that float beyond the structure. This recalls the eaves of traditional Korean pagodas—a design theme echoed both in the geometry of the building skin and the jutting canopies at the towers’ base. The theme is extended in the building skin, which suggests the scales of fish and Korean mythical creatures such as dragons, which seem to dance around the core—hence the project’s name. (Yongsan, the name of the overall development, means “Dragon Hill” in Korean.)

Dancing Dragons’ scale-like skin is also a performative element. Gaps between its overlapping panels feature operable 600-mm vents through which air can circulate, making the skin “breathable” like that of certain animals.

Towers 1 and 2—about 450 meters and 390 meters tall, respectively—share an architectural language and, therefore, a close family resemblance, but are not identical. In the taller structure, the 88-level Tower 1, the massing cuts at the top and bottom of the mini-towers are V-shaped. In the 77-level Tower 2, the cuts move diagonally in a single unbroken line; they are also arranged in a radial pattern around the core that is perceptible as viewers move around the tower.

In both buildings, the mini-tower cuts are clad in glass at the top and bottom, making for dramatic skylights above the units at the highest levels and a transparent floor beneath the units at the lowest levels. This offers the opportunity for special high-value penthouse duplex units with spectacular 360-degree views of downtown Seoul and the adjacent Han River, along with an abundance of natural light.

The design of the 23,000-square-meter site—part of the larger Yongsan master plan —reinforces the angular geometry of the building massing and skin.  Landscape features include sloped berms that echo that geometry. The site also includes a retail podium with a crystalline sculptural form and sunken garden that provide access to a large below-grade retail complex."
          -Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture    


Rendering of Dancing Dragons by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture with rest of the buildings in the background
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Rendering of Dancing Dragons by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture as seen from the street looking up
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Rendering of Dancing Dragons by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture at sunset
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Rendering of entrance of Dancing Dragons by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture along with pedestrians in the streets
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Rendering of one of the sky bridges of Dancing Dragons by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
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Detail of snake-looking facade on the Dancing Dragons by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
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Rendering of the pool and terraces with people on the roof of Dancing Dragons by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
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Rendering of person on the staircases inside of Dancing Dragons by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
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