The world’s fifth tallest building – with a height of 555m – has been completed in the South Korean capital of Seoul.
Kohn Pedersen Fox’s Lotte World Tower in Seoul, South Korea is officially finished according to criteria established by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH).
The high-rise is home to a number of record-breaking components, including the world’s highest glass-bottomed observation deck, at 500m, the world’s highest swimming pool, located on the 85th floor and the world’s fastest elevator, which can transport visitors from bottom to top in one minute.
The building becomes the tallest building in Korea as it is 250m than the previous national record holder, Northeast Asia Trade Tower.
The design of the 123-story tower draws from the forms of traditional Korean ceramics and calligraphy, rises in a sleek, tapered profile that contrasts with the city’s mountainous terrain.
Inside, the tower contains retail spaces, office floors, a luxury hotel, and what is known in the country as an “officetel”.
Commonly found in Korea, these are studio-style apartments for employees who work in the building and feature service typically found in hotels.