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Aboveday Jan 27, 2005 6:04 PM

BUSAN | Lotte Tower | 1,246 FT / 380 M | FLOORS

釜山將興建107層摩天大樓 高過台北101
2005-01-06 07:30

南韓知名的樂天購物公司正式宣佈,將在釜山興建107層的「釜山第二樂天世界」大樓,這不僅是南韓最高的建築物,也將擠進世界著名的摩天大樓之列。(王長偉 漢城報導)南韓「朝鮮日報」報導中說,「釜山第二樂天世界」摩天大樓,在二○○○年十二月就已開工,但因圍繞影島大橋保留、拆除問題發生爭論,工程被迫暫停,目前,工程僅完成了百分之十三。最近,有關釜山影島大橋問題,已幾近解決,待這個月中旬防堵海水後,將馬上開始挖地基正式動工,並記者於2006年1月擴大工程,預定於2008年6月竣工。南韓在釜山興建一百零七層的「釜山第二樂天世界」的摩天大樓,是興建在釜山中區中央洞前釜山市廳的位置,面積一萬兩千三百四十七萬坪,地下六層,地面一百零七層,高四百九十四米,總面積為十七萬零五百八十七坪。這裏還將興建百貨店、折價店、酒店、免稅店、電影院、各種辦公室、會議中心等。樂天購物公司表示:在工程期間,每年將雇用五十萬人,竣工後將重新雇用五萬人。而且每年將繳納一百五十億韓元(約一千兩百萬美元)的地方稅,直接經濟效果值得期待。(中廣記者王長偉 漢城報導) -2005-0106-0200

postponed since DEC 2000,
13% of the preparation work is finished. construstion on the foundation will start by 1/2006 ,complete by 6/2008.
107-story ,494 meters to roof.

Former news in English:
Design for World�s Tallest Building Proposed for South Korea
Minneapolis� Parker-Durrant presents schematic for offices, mixed development
Minneapolis architecture firm Parker Durrant International has completed the schematic design of the world�s tallest building, a 107-story, 1,620-foot-tall office tower and mixed-use/retail facility planned for Pusan, South Korea. Commissioned by the South Korean-based Lotte Corporation, the 5.7-million-square-foot, steel-and-glass Lotte World II office tower will adjoin a hotel/conference center, a multiplex cinema, an IMAX theater, a department store, and specialty retail stores and restaurants. Initial site work on the construction site has already begun. Completion is expected in 2008. �The faceted glass exterior of the tower recalls traditional Korean totemic figures called Jang Sueng,� says Principal-in-Charge Stephan Huh, FAIA. �In English, Jan Sueng means friendly guardian of the village. As Korea�s largest port city and the main gateway to Korea from the south, the design influence is especially befitting.�

tuy Jan 27, 2005 6:20 PM

I have a photo of the site work that is being done. I was in Busan last week. I will see if I can get it out on the internet somewhere so I can post it here.

Aboveday Jan 27, 2005 6:24 PM

Thanks a lot !

Fabb Jan 27, 2005 6:39 PM

I'm glad the "nice version" was chosen.

igzaklee Jan 28, 2005 3:51 AM

woah. :cool:

Stephenapolis Jan 28, 2005 3:58 AM

Hey! It was designed by a Minneapolis firm! Why can't they design something like that for us in Minneapolis? :( I think it looks like a decent tower.

Sirus Jan 28, 2005 6:18 AM


Originally Posted by Stephenapolis
Hey! It was designed by a Minneapolis firm! Why can't they design something like that for us in Minneapolis? :( I think it looks like a decent tower.

I agree :(!!!

Fabb Jan 28, 2005 8:18 AM

From a certain angle, it'll look extremely slender.

Matace Jan 28, 2005 10:37 PM

Yay! I was wondering when Lotte World II would get going again.

Aboveday Jan 29, 2005 6:08 AM


Originally Posted by vvwjo

more Lotte World2 pic..

it is original design..

other pusan Projects..

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4.HUB SKY (49 floor)].jpg

5.HUB olive (30 floor)].jpg

6.bora sky (40 floor)].jpg].jpg weve Poseidon (47 floor)].jpg].jpg

8.pusan Trump world (42 floor)].jpg

9.hanil oredew (42 floor)].jpg].jpg

10.CENTUM park (51 floor)].jpg].jpg



xiahoudun Jan 29, 2005 7:47 AM

Amazing, these developements in Pusan. The Korean government must be really focussing on the city's developement... If you compare their current skyline to the one of the near future... :D

Well, let's hope we will see this Lotto tower rise soon...

2048 Feb 8, 2005 2:32 PM

Will it have an observation deck?

I especially like this rendering:


Originally Posted by Aboveday

Raraavis Feb 18, 2005 8:08 PM

It is a beautiful building I hope it get's built but by 2008 it will only be the fourth tallest building in the world at best.

Matace Mar 5, 2005 2:03 PM

Wow! Busan rocks!

coth Mar 9, 2005 5:52 PM

front side

Fabb Mar 9, 2005 8:20 PM

It's really amazing from this angle !

buildup Mar 10, 2005 1:14 PM

I love the new design. The original version of the building was bulky and uninteresting.

Fabb Mar 27, 2005 5:42 PM

Was it even produced by a real architect ? I have my doubts.

Waterloo Apr 25, 2005 12:42 AM

Here is the LATEST UPDATE for BUSAN LOTTE WORLD TOWER! Taken about month ago.

Still busy digging up the site.

All pictures from Daum Skyscrapers Cafe!

Dammit I had a underconstruction picture of the Bridge Tower too! But I cant find it anymore @.@

Fabb Apr 25, 2005 6:48 AM

Thanks for the update.
I hope that the bedrock is not too deep.

vpauzuolis Nov 27, 2005 12:17 PM

does anyone has pics of construction?

Lecom Nov 27, 2005 7:37 PM

Cool, but still looks like a shampoo bottle.

spyguy Nov 27, 2005 7:45 PM

Great but do you ever think newspapers will get their facts straight? At least when dealing with world records.

Marvel 33 Nov 27, 2005 11:45 PM

This building has a really cool design! Very clean and elegant lines and I like the texture as well.
It will make quite a statement on the skyline!

Slugbelch Jan 21, 2006 1:13 AM

It's been a long time since the 2nd (or 3rd) tallest has gotten any update.:(

Any pics these days?

CoolCzech Jan 21, 2006 2:01 AM

Odd they would want to build it in Pusan, rather than Seoul - easily the most prestigious city in South Korea, the center of government and commerce, AND home to 1/4 of the national population.

I suppose it's Pusan's bid to come out from behind Seoul's shadow.

NYguy Jan 21, 2006 1:01 PM


Originally Posted by coth

Not bad. Now if they could just get rid of that other tower. And speaking of other towers, its nice to see another supertall, but could somebody try building a skyline for once? That tower will look very lonely.

Fabb Jan 22, 2006 5:52 PM


Originally Posted by NYguy
Not bad. Now if they could just get rid of that other tower.

And the ferris wheel as well.
How dare the developers spoil such a significant project ?

CoolCzech Jan 22, 2006 7:05 PM


Originally Posted by Fabb
And the ferris wheel as well.
How dare the developers spoil such a significant project ?

I guess it's a knock off of London's equally silly "Viewing Wheel?"

buildup Jan 22, 2006 7:06 PM

I agree that big boxy tower on the other side of the bridge is out of proportion and should either be redseigned or removed altogether. The ferris wheel, though it may be a scary ride, doesn't fit in with the project.

John Hinds Feb 11, 2006 12:02 AM

Jularc Feb 11, 2006 12:27 AM

Beautiful tower! Great renderings! :tup:

choyak1 Feb 11, 2006 6:10 AM

Dump the ferris wheel and the squat tower and replace with a smaller version of this tower like 1IFC 2IFC in Hong Kong and you got an impressive set of towers there, the tower is awesome, but the other stuff is just HOKEY

maximumchunk Feb 12, 2006 1:51 AM

Impressive tower....awful ferris wheel. If I worked/lived in that tower, I would grow rather annoyed of that horrendous ferris wheel creation.

JBinCalgary Feb 12, 2006 4:01 AM

great design, but i hope that monster across the river never gets off the drawing board. because that thing is just grotesquely oversized

tuy Feb 12, 2006 4:46 AM

Both buildings are shown oversize. I saw this several places when I was in Korea last year.

Slugbelch Sep 8, 2006 5:10 PM

Yep. It's still alive. I think.


Super huge one for the desktop

WonderlandPark Sep 8, 2006 5:20 PM

Big hole, not a tower crane in sight, maybe 1 or 2 pieces of earth moving equipment. hmmm

Slugbelch Sep 8, 2006 5:22 PM

Yeah, I don't see much after a half year since the last posted pic.

Fabb Sep 8, 2006 5:34 PM

But the foundation pit looks huge. That's a good sign.

CoolCzech Sep 9, 2006 12:34 AM

Yeah, but the lack of current work is NOT. My experience with Korea is that projects that are active get built FAST. Projects that seem stalled... well, let's say this isn't a good sign.

Bokimon Sep 9, 2006 4:23 AM

Keep it going. Anybody who is in Busan please post some pictures of the site as well as any other Busan projects and city life. I haven't been back there in 21 years and I think I am starting to go insane. Missed out on countless things, despite being born there I am no longer a true Korean. :(

I say it is still digging and eventually at the year end some cranes will pop up and real work will finally begin.

Fabb Sep 9, 2006 7:59 AM


Originally Posted by Bokimon
I say it is still digging and eventually at the year end some cranes will pop up and real work will finally begin.

I agree.
One doesn't dig a huge hole for nothing.
Besides, the tower is extremely tall. I guess the foundations are supposed to be deep.

Slugbelch Sep 9, 2006 2:18 PM

Pic of one of the posters that was put on the construction wall:

Slugbelch Sep 22, 2006 12:00 AM

Durrant Architects Now Operate in Asia as ''Durrant,'' Not PDI
August 30, 2006 10:22 AM Eastern Time

MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Durrant Group Inc., U.S.-based architecture and engineering firm with many high-profile projects in South Korea and throughout Asia, announced that it is now operating internationally under the name Durrant. Previously, the firm used the name Parker Durrant International (PDI) in Asia. The change became effective June 1.

Durrant also announced that Stephan S. Huh no longer is affiliated with the company. He is starting an independent business, seeking new projects on which Durrant and its staff of designers will not be collaborating. All projects on which Huh had been involved remain Durrant projects, although he may serve as a consultant on some.

Durrant's projects include the 107-story Lotte II tower in Busan, which will be one of the tallest buildings in the world when completed in 2012, and the 54-story Xi Park tower in downtown Ho Chi Minh City, which will be the tallest building in Vietnam when completed in 2008.

"We remain the same firm as when we used the name PDI," said Dennis Wallace, principal in charge of Durrant's Minneapolis, Minnesota, office where the company's South Korean projects are based. "We have all the same projects, the same local partners, and our same extraordinary group of designers, many of them South Korean. All that's really different is that from now on, we'll be known in Asia as Durrant, the name our firm has used in the U.S. for almost 75 years."

Durrant's current projects in South Korea include two won through design competitions: a Republic of Korea Air Force hotel on the Haeundae beachfront in Busan, on which Durrant partners with Haenglim Architects & Engineers; and Pangyo Techno Valley, an IT development in Pangyo on which Durrant partners with Mooyoung Architects and Engineers.

Designers on Durrant's South Korean projects are Karl Ermanis, Sae Min Oh, and Merle Hansen. Oh is one of 11 South Koreans who work on a wide range of Durrant projects in various countries.

Services of The Durrant Group include architecture, engineering, planning, project delivery, financing, interior design and graphic design. Projects of Durrant's Minneapolis office include justice centers, embassies and numerous international mixed-use and entertainment developments, as well as convention centers, hotels and museums in the U.S. and Asia.

I guess 2012 sounds about right. :shrug:

Thskyscraper Sep 22, 2006 12:09 AM

Looks like they got rid of the ferris wheel. I really like the tower I hope it guets, built and that it gets a few new friends to keep it company. :tup:

malec Sep 22, 2006 12:57 AM

So this is still alive then, fantastic!
This was one of my favourite supertall proposals

Fabb Sep 22, 2006 8:22 AM


Originally Posted by Thskyscraper
Looks like they got rid of the ferris wheel. I really like the tower I hope it guets, built and that it gets a few new friends to keep it company. :tup:

That would be nice. But I have the impression that it'll stand alone, like Taipei 101. I don't see many possibilities in the area.

tuy Sep 22, 2006 11:33 AM

Lotte World II will not stand out as much as Taipei 101. In all of Taepei, there is only one other building over 50 stories, and two others in the 40 story range.

In Busan, there are currently 15 completed or under construction buildings of 50 stories or more, not counting Lotte. There are also at least 10 more serious proposals for buildings over 50.

Jaroslaw Sep 22, 2006 11:53 AM

-That poster on the wall advertises the boxy little apartment building in the forefront, with the Lotte Tower in the back to add "prestige." I notice the new Chagalchi market in the back, on the left...

-There are no highrises in the dt area around the Lotte site. All new highrises are either in Seomeon, beyond a ridge and out of sight, or in Haeundae, even farther away. Fabb is right, this tower will be totally isolated. Even from its roof--if it gets built--you will see only Seomeon, but not Haeundae...

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