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Height: Architectural 130.1 m / 427 ft
Height: Occupied 112.5 m / 369 ft
Height: To Tip 130.1 m / 427 ft
Height: Observatory 128.9 m / 423 ft
Floors Above Ground 24
Floors Below Ground 8
# of Elevators 12
Tower GFA 54,530 m² / 586,956 ft²
# of Parking Spaces 226


Official Name Seocho Garak Tower East
Other Names GT Tower, Seocho Kims Tower
Structure Type Building
Status Completed
Country South Korea
City Seoul
Street Address & Map Sechodong 1317-23 Sechogu
Postal Code 137-856
Building Function office
Structural Material steel
Proposed 2006
Construction Start 2008
Completion 2011

Companies Involved

Owner/Developer GT Construction
Design Het Architecten Consort
Architect of Record Hankil Architects & Engineers
Structural Engineer
Design Hanbit Structural Engineering Company
MEP Engineer
Design Hankil Architects & Engineers
Main Contractor Daelim

About Seocho Garak Tower East

Inspired by the shapes found in traditional Korean pottery, the GT Tower’s contours create a wave-like façade. The building gives variation to the traditional Korean office building, creating a stark contrast with the business-like orthogonal character of its neighbors. The slanted glass façades add a dynamic quality to the tower, while the light reflects with the movement of the viewer. The deep metal fins integrated into the curtain wall further accentuate the fluid movement of the tower and also serve to further contrast the building against the rectilinear all-glass façades of its neighbors. At night, the entire glass façade is illuminated by thousands of LED lights which change in color and create various patterns across the façade to animate the building and add a further layer to the building’s unique form.

GT Tower employs solar cells and the offices can be naturally ventilated. In addition, a special “greening plan” was conceived which includes a landscaped ground level and a flowering rooftop garden.

CTBUH Initiatives

The Frozen Han: Wintry Seoul
19-26 Jan 2011 – Tour Report

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