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Asymptote Architecture Win In Busan Korea

New York based firm, Asymptote Architecture have had their latest proposal for Busan in Korea green-lit by the powers that be following an international competition for this prime redevelopment site.

Called the Millennium Tower, the scheme is being developed by the Solomon Group with Arup as the structural engineers for a waterfront location in the South Korean port city of Busan that when built, the developer hopes will be the tallest in Asia. Unfortunately, even at the reported height of 560 metres tall it won't be as that title will be held by the Sumida Tower in Tokyo and besides, Dubai is technically in Asia.

The Millennium Tower design features a shared base with three towers rising out of it separately, a bit like stalks as if someone has taken the mass of the Jinling Fuguang and rounded off the smooth corners and sheered into sections. There's also a touch of the almost-winning United Architects New York World Trade Centre entry in the plans.

A highly angular appearance of each of the shard-like towers is emphasised further by their gradual tapering that seeks to reinforce the verticality. The gem-like structure is clad entirely in glass making it appear all the more sculptural in nature and almost the sort of spectacular crystal stalagmite you see sprouting out from the cave floor.

Although the design is impressive, whether it actually gets built is another thing entirely. Korea has a great history of proposing tall buildings, Busan, Incheon and Seoul have been coming up with super-talls for years but very few of these plans have yet to get off the ground. Perhaps the Millennium Tower can be different and live up to Korea's aspirations.
Millennium Tower Busan Korea
Millennium Tower Busan Korea
Millennium Tower Busan Korea
Millennium Tower Busan Korea