Soaring High, but Still Connected
Tencent Seafront Towers
The building is set close to the street edge at the intersection of North First and East Tasman Drive, with cafes and a Samsung expo at the corner. The design includes a white metal, glass and terracotta exterior; a parking structure covered in a folding green-colored wall; and courtyards that include fitness facilities, artwork and cafes — some of which will be open to the public. The tower, with its height and unique form, creates a powerful brand image for Samsung.
The tower houses 2,000 Samsung employees, divided into two sections: R&D and sales. A courtyard connects the entire building, creating a central gathering place. In a rarity for a high-rise workspace, each Samsung employee is no further than one floor away from green space. Amenities such as grab-and-go dining facilities and a fitness center are also centrally located.
The headquarters is also a highly energy-efficient building. The tower’s façade is designed to reduce solar heat gain, which reduces energy costs related to cooling a building; clear glass allows natural light deep into the floorplate; and trees and water features provide connections to the environment.
AIA Los Angeles, Award of Merit
American Institute of Steel Construction, Innovative Design in Engineering and Architecture with Structural Steel (IDEAS2)
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Seattle, WA, USA
Bundang, South Korea