* Architecture: Cross # Towers by BIG Architects (Bjarke Ingels Group)
Posted by the editors on Friday, 4 May 2012
Architecture: Cross # Towers by BIG Architects (Bjarke Ingels Group): “..positioned next to the existing urban fabric of the future development zones of the yongsan master plan, designed by studio liebeskind for the korean development group dreamhub. the design includes two elegant towers with a height of 214 and 204m. to meet the vertical requirements of the site, the exceeding building mass is transformed into an upper and lower horizontal bar, which bridge the two structures at 140m and 70 m elevation. the two edifices are additionally connected through the arrival areas at the ground level and a courtyard below ground..‘the cross # towers constitute a three-dimensional urban community of interlocking horizontal and vertical towers. three public bridges connect two slender towers at different levels – underground, at the street and in the sky. catering to the demands and desires of different residents, age groups and cultures the bridges are landscaped and equipped for a variety of activities traditionally restricted to the ground. the resultant volume forms a distinct figure on the new skyline of seoul – a “#” that serves as a gateway to the new yongsan business district signaling a radical departure from the crude repetition of disconnected towers towards a new urban community that populates the three-dimensional space of the city.’ - bjarke ingels, founding partner, BIG..” Big and intersectional..
See four of our other posts on projects by BIG: Residential Architecture: Beach and Howe Mixed-Use Tower by BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group), Architecture: TLT Tilting Building by BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group), Architecture: St. Petersburg Pier (Florida) by BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group) and Architecture: BIG (Bjarke Ingels) wins competition for the new Kimball Art Center.
image: courtesy of BIG architects; article: Designboom