Set to become of Asia’s tallest buildings, new 550m skyscraper is designed by Asymptote Architecture, for Millennium Tower Business Center (WBCB), through the Busan International Architectural Cultural Festival (BIACF), and sponsored by the municipality of Busan City and the Solomon Group. It clearly shows how the once monoform typology of skyscrapers deviated into pluralism and branching structures.
Designed as three independent towers, breaking apart from its unified base, the structure provides strong identity, forming one of the most striking lobbies, looking up at three towering columns to the sky. The independent volumes grow from the tapering form of the base, yet in rigid and defined manner. This landmark piece of architecture however sets new standards regarding aesthetics and high-rise typology.
The towers could also be read as three distinct forms, set against Busan’s dramatic natural surroundings of sea and mountains. The very base of these very tall towers negotiates the site at the ground level while from the top of the midsection the slender towers rise above the sky-lobby level, tapering upwards around a spectacular central void.
Clad in double glass, the branching towers are true representatives of contemporary high-rise structures, equipped with all kinds of subtle and sophisticated mechanisms for minimizing the environmental impact of the complex vertical cities.
Millennium Tower Business Center towers reach the sky in its dramatic presence, leaving the visitor to enjoy strong juxtaposition of form and voids. The 240,000sqm project was awarded the American Architecture Award by the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design.