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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Haeundae Udong Hyundai I’ Park in Busan, South Korea by Studio Daniel Libeskind

March 11th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal

The concept of the Haeundae Udong project is to build a powerful and unique icon expressed in a dynamic volume on the Busan waterfront. Studio Daniel Libeskind will produce five new towers sculpted to express the dramatic beauty and power of the ocean. The curvilinear geometry of the buildings plays with concepts of traditional Korean architecture, often derived from natural beauty such as the grace of an ocean wave, the unique composition of a flower petal, or the wind-filled sails of a ship. Upon completion it will be the tallest residential building in Asia.

Aerial View of Haeundae Udong Hyundai I' Park

  • Architect: Studio Daniel Libeskind
  • Name of Project: Haeundae Udong Hyundai I’ Park
  • Location: Busan, South Korea
  • Commission: 2006
  • Completion: 2011
  • Client: Hyundai Development Company
  • Building Address: Haeundae Udong 1408, Busan, South Korea
  • Building Area: 4.5 Million sq.ft.
  • Building details: 3 residential towers w/ 1631 units (72F, 66F, 46F), 1 hotel (34F), 1 office (9F), 1 retail (3F)
  • Structure: Concrete structure with glass curtain wall cladding
  • Architect of Record: Kunwon, Hanmi
  • Structural Engineer: ARUP, Dong Yang Structural Engineers Co.
  • MEP Engineer: SYSKA Hennessy, Hyun Woo
  • Geotechnical Engineer: Saegil E & C Co.
  • Landscape Consultant: Ctopos
  • Curtain Wall Consultant: Wallplus
  • Fire Protection Consultant: Yung-Do Engineering Co.
  • Lighting Consultant: LPA
  • Contractor: Hyundai Development Company
  • Photo Credits: ©Hyundai Development Company, ©dbox: Images, ©neoscape, © SDL

View from Busan Waterfront

Sculptural in form, the Haeundae Udong development creates a new icon for the city of Busan. The buildings radiate a new spirit for condominium living within a vibrant mixed-use development. The space which the buildings create is meant to enhance the life of its inhabitants both inside and outside. The sculpted forms of the composition, read against the city of Busan, create an iconic whole that is greater than the sum of its parts.

Model Photo

The Haeundae Udong project not only celebrates those who live within it, but offers many exciting new perspectives and city contexts for Busan. The development becomes a spatial entity that is beautiful from the multiple vistas from inside and out. The apartments take advantage of the site by maximizing the sweeping views of the ocean, the marina, the mountains, the Gwang-An bridge and the city of Busan.

Aerial View

To create the iconic image of the project, Haeundae Udong has carved out its own skyline, an imprint on the city as a whole. Instead of simply extruding the building footprints, the heights are varied and the profiles tapered to create a sculptural composition on the horizon. This strategy gives the project and the city of Busan a new, iconic image while also bringing the most light possible into the developments beyond the site. The Haeundae Udong project sits gracefully on the Busan Waterfront, having breaken down the mass of the buildings to give them a slender and elegant skyline appearance. In addition, the varied, sculptural forms create exciting spaces between the buildings, inviting residents and visitors to enjoy a unique outdoor experience.

Curtain Wall

The image is created not only from the shape of the individual buildings but by the placement of the buildings on the site. The design aims to take advantage of the shape of the site to provide the most desirable apartments with south-west facing views along the edge of the site, creating a clear definition of public and private space.

Entrance to Towers, Park and Promenade

The placement of the towers also allows for a generous park to be developed within the site. The towers will ring a beautifully landscaped park that will provide a spectacular open space for the residents as well as the visitors to the site and to the city of Busan. To maximize the park space and openness of the landscape, some of the non-residential program could be integrated into the park space.

Evening View

The development is composed of three residential towers, an office building, a hotel, convention center and sport facility, all of which are articulated in the specific architectural language developed for the site. The development as a whole must be a 21st Century space createing a new image for HDC and a new vision of residential living in Korea.



Lowrise 1

Lowrise 2

Lowrise 3




Aerial View

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