Lotte World Tower Opens in Seoul

 Lotte World Tower, looking up
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© Tim Griffith
KPF’s Lotte World Tower opened on Monday, April 3rd, 2017. The 123-story, 555-meters-tall tower is now the tallest building in South Korea and the fifth tallest in the world.

Housing a complex mix of office, officetel, hotel, retail and cultural program in a single, elegant form, the tower establishes a new paradigm for the vertical city.

The towers sleek, tapered form is juxtaposed against the area’s mountainous topography, conveying a modern aesthetic informed by Korean artistry.

 Lotte World Tower © Tim Griffith
Lotte World Tower © Tim Griffith

Its curvature, rendered in silver glass and filigrees of white lacquered metal, echoes the gracefulness of ceramics and calligraphy.

The tower’s location in the Jamsil district points to historical Seoul and Namsam Mountain, defining the site’s importance within a multi-center city. 

Lotte World Tower Observation Deck © Tim Griffith
Lotte World Tower Observation Deck © Tim Griffith

In a complex anticipated to host over 50 million visitors a year, the Lotte World Tower will offer visitors spectacular views of Seoul, accessed by the world’s fastest elevator and made more dramatic by the world’s highest glass-bottomed observation deck.

 Lotte World Tower above the clouds © Lim Hye Seung
Lotte World Tower above the clouds © Lim Hye Seung

Lotte World Tower is KPF’s fifth design on the list of world’s ten tallest buildings joining Ping An Finance Centre (4th), CTF Finance Centre (7th), the Shanghai World Financial Center (9th), and the International Commerce Centre (10th). 

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