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KPF Pen 555m Tall Korean Tower

Lotte Super Tower 123, planned by the conglomerate it takes its name from has been radically redesigned by Kohn Pederson Fox after a design competition held by the developer.

Planned to stand on a key site in Seoul, South Korea, if built it will reach 555 metres with 123 storeys. Although this won't make it the tallest building in Asia (that prize will be held by Gensler's Shanghai Tower), or the second tallest in the world, it will comfortably hold the Korean title.

Lead by principal architect James von Klemperer, KPF has designed it as a mixed-use vertical city concept that will include the new headquarters for Lotte Group plus retail, offices, residential units, and an observation deck with public spaces.

The first six floors of the tower will be retail with 7-60 filled by offices. 61-85 will be occupied by the residential apartments whilst the upper portion of the tower from 86-119 will be a luxury seven star hotel. Topping it will be four levels of public spaces including an observation deck.

Planned to sit on top of the main public transportation hub in southern Jamsil, the scheme should have excellent transport connections to the Seoul metro.

Clad in glass and metal filigree, KPF designed curving tapering form of the scheme taking inspiration from traditional Korean ceramics and calligraphy with seams of the tower running vertically from bottom to top that defers towards the historic centre of Seoul.

It's also intended that the sleek form contrasts with the mountains that stand behind creating an interesting juxtaposition between man-made high-tech modernity and an impressive natural backdrop.

Already the project has all major zoning approvals needed to get the green light and excavation of the site to allow a rapid construction schedule is nearly complete. If all goes to plan Lotte hope to have the scheme finished in 2014.
Lotte Super Tower 123, Seoul
Lotte Super Tower 123, Seoul