The long-stalled site of a Richard Rogers-designed supertall in Seoul appears to have some life yet, as crews check erosion and structural stability ahead of the anticipated re-installation of a tower crane. The mixed-use scheme of offices, retail, and hotel rooms by Y22 Development consists of three buildings, including a 333-metre tower. Construction of the Parc1 complex has been on hold since 2011.
Currently represented by unfinished concrete cores, two primary towers of 72 and 56 storeys are positioned on the northern part of the site next to Yeouido Park, yielding park and river views for office tenants. The project's contemporary and high-tech design adopts Rogers' trademark architectural idiosyncrasies, with glass and diagonal bracing forming the bulk of the exterior articulation. Designed to complement the existing commercial buildings in the area, the complex also seeks to create new connections with the neighbouring green spaces and pedestrian pathways.
An opportunity to redefine the corporate sterility that often surrounds brand name retailers, the commercial mall will contain Korea's most exciting selection of shopping, dining, and entertainment. Fashionable retail shops on the first floor and restaurants on the sixth floor will enjoy physical and visual connections, with walkways and large skylights highlighting a central atrium. The southeastern corner of the retail complex, serving as the mall's southern entrance, will host a 30-storey international hotel of approximately 350 keys.
The arrival of a crane will certainly confirm suspicions that the project has resumed work, so we'll continue watching the construction site for updates.
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