Monochrome Patterns and Bump-Out Spaces Accentuate the Towers of Acro Seoul Forest

Session: Track A: Best Tall Building Award By Height: 200-299m, Part 2

Shin Dong HoScott SarverProject image

Shin Dong Ho
Vice President, Business Development, Daelim Industrial Co. (DL E&C)

Scott Sarver
Principal, RATIO I smdp

Acro Seoul Forest is a mixed-use collection of two 49-story high-end residential towers, a state-of-the-art office tower, a multicultural art center, and retail spaces. Located on a triangle of land at the edge of a massive park in the middle of a bustling metropolis, the project stands amidst a diverse confluence of environments—an intersection of nature, culture, and technology—that provide a distinct sense of place. A T-shape arrangement allows for 270 unique panoramic views from the residential towers which overlook a dense canopy of trees, a lake, landscaped gardens, and other areas of recreation.

The three black-and-white towers of the complex were designed to offer a calm counterpoint to the chaos of the city. Austere and graphic, the residential towers are clad in white porcelain, and the office tower continues the vertical grid. The residential towers’ façade continues the austerity of its massing through the referencing of historical and traditional patterns that bring the form and articulation into a cohesive modern design. The office tower façade applies dynamic patterns that blend the functional and creative heritage of South Korea into a modern design in harmony with the city’s natural features.

A respect for the environment combined with the need to modulate the light within the residences resulted in the use of more solid and opaque exterior façades. Additionally, the modularized windows mimic the shape of art frames, creating the look of a living gallery that changes with the seasons while also conserving energy and reducing costs. Other notable features of the project include the integration of smart design with voice recognition, renewable energy and cogeneration technology, breakthrough interlayer noise reduction, and a 9.0 seismic design.

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