Lotte World Tower is a supertall skyscraper located in Seoul, South Korea. It is considered as the tallest building in South Korea, as well as in the OECD, which includes countries like the US and the UK. The tower is also considered as the 5th tallest building in the world.
Lotte World Tower History
The Lotte World Tower took about 13 years of planning and site preparation. It only was able to gain final approval from the government to commence construction sometime in November of 2010. Groundbreaking activities for the tower was conducted in March of 2011. The tower was topped out on December of 2015. It took another year before the tower was finally completed. The tower was officially opened to the public on April 2, 2017.
Lotte World Tower Features
The Lotte World Tower stands 554.5-meter or 1,819-feet tall. It has a total of 123 floors. There are also 6 additional floors located below ground. The tower was designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox and was constructed by Lotte Engineering and Construction.
The first 12 floors contain retail outlets. Other floors hold offices, residences as well as a luxury hotel. The top floors are public access floors which includes an observation deck. The tower also features a diagrid lantern-shaped roof structure that stands 120 meters high, covering the floors from 107 to 123. The roof structure is built to withstand its weight without reinforcing pillars. It can also endure earthquakes up to a magnitude 9 on the Richter scale and wind gusts of up to 80m/s.