South Korea's tallest building, designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox, has opened. The Northeast Asia Trade Tower stands at 308 meters and is the focal point of the Songdo International Business District, a new 310-hectare city built on reclaimed land.
The skyscraper's structure was finished in 2011, Dezeen reports, but the interior was only recently completed due to financial difficulties during the recession. On the glass exterior, a series of triangular planes divide the surface as it tapers up towards the top. Inside the 68-story building are apartments, offices and a hotel.
The Songdo development began less than a decade ago and was supposed to be completed this year; however, the £20 billion city is now slated for completion in 2018. A green oasis modeled on Central Park and the 487-meter Incheon Tower are some of the other projects slated for Songdo.
The tower includes high-performance glazing and external shading devices help to reduce heat build-up on the interior. Low-flow plumbing fixtures, grey-water recycling, and rainwater collection have also been implemented to reduce water consumption.
Check out photos of the tower (photos: H.G. Esch, courtesy of Kohn Pedersen Fox):