Adhering to the rising trend of skybridges and twin tower design in the Yongsan district, Asymptote Architecture‘s design for the Velo Towers creates social environments through the stacking of a series of rotated oblong volumes. Uniquely oriented to views of the Han River and the adjacent Yongsan park, residents of the eight residential units can access public housing amenities and green roof spaces through light filled atrium spaces and two bridge structures. The base of the towers offer a communal landscape over a raised plinth, and a Skybridge soars thirty stories to provide access to cafes, pools, lounges, recreational centers, housing fitness, and a sky garden with spectacular views of the city.
A similar breakdown in volume and materiality is observed in the prefabricated faceted facades of the Velo Towers, which have helped this proposal be realized. Presenting materials and digital fabrication prevalent in automotive, aerospace and marine industries, the towers’ mixed use units consist of large pre-fabricated components made of glass within custom molded composite shells finished in pearlescent automotive paint. The project is to be completed in 2024, and is to be located next to MVRD’s Cloud Towers and BIG’s Cross # Towers.
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