HOK designed a series of residential and mixed-use towers within New Songdo City, a master-planned, international business district called “the world’s smartest city.” The city was built on 1,500 acres of land reclaimed from the Yellow Sea on the west coast of Incheon.
The residential towers rise around the city’s Central Park, a green oasis that acts as the centerpiece. Residents enjoy convenient access to schools, healthcare facilities, cultural activities and athletic venues. HOK’s design defines the northern edge of the park as the city’s “Fifth Avenue.”
Central Park I, Block D22, is one of the city’s prime residential addresses. Three 50-story residential towers rise above an urban street edge defined by a three-story commercial and retail podium. The towers have a distinctive woven, lattice-like facade of energy-efficient glass and aluminum that maximizes views of the park for the 729 residential units and brings natural light into most interior spaces.
Central Park II, Block D23, features one 50-story and two 45-story residential towers with the same high-performance facades. The pair of towers rise above an urban street edge of two- and three-story commercial and retail buildings.