FKI Tower, Seoul Skyscraper Building, South Korea Architecture Design

FKI Tower, Seoul

South Korean Building Development – design by ESD + Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

6 Feb 2013

Federation of Korean Industries Tower

Location: Seoul, South Korea

Design: ESD + Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

Federation of Korean Industries Tower Opens In Seoul

The new headquarters for the Federation of Korean Industries (FKI) has opened to the public.

The 50-story, 240 meter tall tower is the first in South Korea to use a pressurized underfloor air distribution system, includes integrated photovoltaic panels on its façade, and is South Korea’s first commercial building to receive the highest score for sustainable design, Grade 1 in Environment Friendly Building Rating, in an independent review conducted by the Korean Institute of Construction Technology (KICT).

FKI Tower Seoul 1

ESD (Environmental Systems Design, Inc.) provided MEP design and performed an optimization analysis for the positioning and placement of the façade’s photovoltaic panels. The resulting design maximizes the amount of energy the panels collect from the sun to generate power for the tower’s electrical systems. The underfloor air distribution system, the first of its kind in Korea, allows for greater individual temperature control and full flexibility for the office space. The building’s central cooling and heating plant uses highly efficient systems components and reduces the electrical demand through ice storage system.

FKI Tower Seoul 2

“ESD’s fully integrated delivery process of our design and consulting services allowed for a seamless transition from design to implementation/construction,” said Mr. Mehdi Jalayerian, Executive Vice President at ESD. “Our consistent communication and collaboration supported the implementation/construction team’s comprehensive understanding and successful execution of the innovative design features.”

ESD collaborated with the architects, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, and structural engineers, Thornton Tomasetti.

FKI Tower images / information from Bruce Ross Associates Inc.

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