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The Blade, South Korea, Yongsan International Business Center, Dream Hub, Dominique Perrault Architecture, Dominique Perrault, high-rise design, archipelago model

The Blade, 300 meter-high landmark piece by Dominique Perrault Architecture, is one of many statement designs chosen to be built and represent the power of the future Yongsan International Business Center in Seoul, whose master plan was designed by Daniel Libeskind. The Yongsan International Business Center, ambitious program of nearly 3 millions square meters, is organized as an archipelago of vertical buildings inter-connected a by large park. A year later, according to Business Insider and several real estate development outlets, the “Dream Hub” as the archipelago was named, is on the verge of collapse. The information is still speculative, but the $28 billion real estate wonder faced difficulties in raising funds, due to the real estate slump and the global financial crisis.

Due to its silhouette, dynamic allure and mysterious shape, The Blade establishes itself as a geographical reference point. This rhomboid prism-like building is arranged in a way that its perception is constantly changing, depending on the angle of approach.

The façade of the slender high-rise acts like an optical instrument, fragmenting and reconstructing the surrounding landscape and urban reality, in order to create a new and improved one. The skin of the tower is clad with glass, luminously reflecting lights from neighboring buildings. It’s almost vibrating and vanishing according to the viewing angle, therefore creating one living architecture, transformative and moving.

The Blade, South Korea, Yongsan International Business Center, Dream Hub, Dominique Perrault Architecture, Dominique Perrault, high-rise design, archipelago model

The Blade, South Korea, Yongsan International Business Center, Dream Hub, Dominique Perrault Architecture, Dominique Perrault, high-rise design, archipelago model

The Blade, South Korea, Yongsan International Business Center, Dream Hub, Dominique Perrault Architecture, Dominique Perrault, high-rise design, archipelago model

The Blade, South Korea, Yongsan International Business Center, Dream Hub, Dominique Perrault Architecture, Dominique Perrault, high-rise design, archipelago model

The Blade, South Korea, Yongsan International Business Center, Dream Hub, Dominique Perrault Architecture, Dominique Perrault, high-rise design, archipelago model

The Blade, South Korea, Yongsan International Business Center, Dream Hub, Dominique Perrault Architecture, Dominique Perrault, high-rise design, archipelago model

The Blade, South Korea, Yongsan International Business Center, Dream Hub, Dominique Perrault Architecture, Dominique Perrault, high-rise design, archipelago model

The Blade, South Korea, Yongsan International Business Center, Dream Hub, Dominique Perrault Architecture, Dominique Perrault, high-rise design, archipelago model

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