Korean Lotte World Tower to rival Burj Khalifa’s tallest observation deck record

Lotte World Tower by US-based archietcture firm Kohn Pedersen Fox is a 123-storey tower in south-eastern Seoul, aiming to match Dubai’s record of having of the world’s highest outdoor observation deck.

‘At the Top’, Burj Khalifa’s observation deck which is located on the 148th floor of the tower, currently holds the world record at 555 metres high.

Image Credit: The New York Times

Image Credit: The New York Times

The tower, being developed by Lotte Duty Free, is expected to open in the second half of next year and will include an observatory located on the 123rd floor, which will be 555 metres high, according to a report in Korea Times.

The $1 billion development is planned to emulate the various tourist offerings Downtown Dubai, with plans for a 123-metre-high musical and light fountain, a concert hall for classical music, a six-star hotel, and a 1,650,000 square metre mall aquarium that includes an 85-metre-long underwater tunnel.

The 123-floor supertall tower is currently under construction and is scheduled for completion by October 2016. Once completed, it will become the tallest building in the country.

The design reflects a slender cone with convex, gently curved sides. An exterior of pale-coloured glass draws inspiration from Korean ceramics and features accents of metal filigree.

Located near the Han River, the tower will contain retail outlets, offices, residences, a luxury hotel, and public access floors (120-123) with an observation deck.



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