New 553m skyscraper planned for Seoul

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Hyundai Motor Group will start building a 105-storey skyscraper in early 2017, city officials in the South Korean capital Seoul have announced.

The company has appointed 82-year-old Korean architect Kim Jong-Sung as the head of the multi-billion-dollar project.

The building plan for the 553m tall Hyundai Global Business Center complex was agreed between the Seoul metropolitan government and Hyundai after six months of talks.

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According to the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat the two parties had held a series of meetings to review Hyundai’s construction proposal and to discuss the impact that the building plan will have on traffic and the surrounding environment.

Kim, who was chosen in the competition with globally renowned architects, has led a number of  projects to build landmarks such as the Seoul Museum of History.

He was taught by German-born American architect Mies van der Rohe, one of the great figures of 20th-century architecture.

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