Seoul’s Yongsan International Business District, a new district designed to lift the city’s architectural appeal as an international business destination, is filled with wild promises: the world’s second tallest tower (‘Dream Tower’) to be completed by 2016, the Libeskind-designed, 28-trillion-won ($22.6-billion) ‘Dreamhub’ project, and now MVRDV’s The Cloud.
According to Yongsan Dream Hub corporation’s recent presentation, the Rotterdam-based architecture and urban design firm is behind the design of the two interconnected luxury residential high-rises, named “the Cloud.” The two towers, one 260-meter-tall and another 300-meter-tall, are joined in the center (at 27th floor) by what indeed resembles a floating, pixelated cloud.
True to the MVRDV’s signature operation of densification and multiple space use (often achieved by multiple and simultaneous stacking), the tightly and diversely stacked structure of the cloud allows a multiplicity of programs. Besides the residential function (which also isn’t uniform in its offerings– an apartment can range from 80 square meters to 260 square meters, with an option of double-height ceilings), there are 14,357 square meters worth of amenities to house public programs, from sky lounge, wellness center, conference center, fitness studio, restaurants, and cafes, to pools, patios, decks, and gardens. Both towers are accessed via a grand lobby at ground level, which also hosts town houses and public gardens designed by landscape architect Martha Schwartz; the top floors of both towers are reserved for 1200 square meters of penthouse apartments with private roof gardens.
The Cloud, with a total surface of 128,000 square meters, is expected to be completed in 2015. Check out more images in the gallery below: