Incheon Tower: The Architectural Marvel

When it comes to architectural marvels, South Korea does not lag behind the United States or Dubai. A prime example of this is the under construction Incheon Tower. Located in Incheon, the Incheon Tower stands 2001 feet high and has a 150 floors. Designed to represent Songdo city, the Incheon Tower encompasses a hotel, residential space, and offices. The design of Incheon Tower has been developed by Portman Holdings. Run by Atlanta based architect John Portman, Portman holdings has built a number of buildings in Singapore, China, and Shanghai.

Compared to other buildings in South Korea, the Incheon Tower is significantly larger. Currently, the tallest building in South Korea stands 265 meters high and has about 72 floors. This is significantly less than what Incheon Tower would have once it’s complete. The tower is being developed at an estimated cost of $15 billion and once complete, it’ll stand as fifth-tallest building in the world. The groundbreaking of the Incheon Tower was performed in 2008. However, the construction of the building started in 2013. The tower is expected to be ready by 2019.

Of the 151 floors, the majority will be reserved for condominium and residential units as well as for office space. The tower will also feature a hotel and observation decks. According to the floor plan of the Incheon Tower, the 1st to 6th floor will be dedicated to retail, the 7th to 62nd floor will used as office space, 63rd to 96th as residences, 97 to 114th as Boutique hotel, 115-148 as hotel, 149 to 150 as restaurant and 151 as an observatory deck.

In order to ensure greater resistance to wind and seismic activity, the two halves of the tower will be tied together with the help of a pedestrian bridges trio. Critical components of the architect’s aesthetic vision include the sharp edges of the tower. However, to develop a shape that is consistent with the design vision and structurally efficient at the same time, the structural team of the Incheon Tower worked closely with a wind tunnel consultant and the architect. The result of this was an open slots series on four corners.

In order to create an alternative wind path, the four level high openings split into two interconnected trapezoidal sections at the 44th floor. This enhances the visual appeal of the structure and improves aerodynamic performance. A ring of buildings and a large park are set to accompany the Incheon Tower. Also, next to the building will be a lagoon which will certainly enhance the appeal of the Incheon Tower and its surrounding area.

Apart from being the fifth-tallest building in the world, once complete, the Incheon Tower will be the 2nd tallest building in Asia after Burj Dubai. An interesting feature of the Incheon Tower will be an elevator that connects the lobby on the 1st floor to the restaurant on the 151st. However, this is just one of the many interesting features that the Incheon Tower will boast. After all, the Incheon Tower is an architectural marvel.

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