Chief skyscraper Seoul

Chief skyscraper Seoul

In the late 1970s "Tahan Senmen" (Taehan Saengmyong), one of the largest insurance companies in Korea, decided to build a new central office. At first insurers had very modest plans. They were going to build a 15-storey building somewhere on the island of Yyoydo, where the headquarters of most leading corporations of the country were already located. But in the government they were transparently hinting that the building conceived by them should be truly high – more precisely, the highest in allacia. Managers and oligarchs of the old school knew that it was unwise to argue with the political authorities, and obediently began to design the highest skyscraper of East Asia.

It turned out to be not easy. Yyoydo is a little sandy island, and the sand is not the best basis for the foundations of high-rise buildings. Therefore, the builders had to divert 45 meters deep, which allowed them to achieve a rock base, and on this basis to build a building.

  • View of the skyscraper
  • Island Yyoydo
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Works began in February 1980., When Korea was experiencing another political crisis (president’s murder and military coup), and in five years in Seoul, the highest building of East Asia appeared, whose height reached 265 meters. This means that the building was 25 meters higher than the highest of the Japanese skyscrapers existing at that time, and one meter is higher than Mount Namsan, "home" Mount Soul (the same, on top of which there is a television tower).

Officially 63-storey building is known as "Building the company TECHAN SENMEN", But Seoul residents rarely use this name. Most of them skyscrapers on Yyoydo is known just like "63-storey building".

Chief skyscraper Seoul

Why it is called this? The answer seemingly obvious: "because in it 63 floors". The answer is simple – and wrong. No 63 floors in "63-storey building" No – Contrary to what most Seouls thinks. In the building there are exactly 60 above-ground floors, but according to Piarovsky reasons, it was decided to include three underground levels in the number of floors, which made it possible to obtain the desired figure "63".

Another curious feature "63-storey building" – absence in it of the 44th floor. In East Asia do not like the number "four", whose pronunciation in many languages ​​is like a word "death". Consequently, many Korean buildings cost without the fourth floor: the fifth immediately follows. V "63-storey building" the fourth floor is available, but his managers still decided to show some caution and do without the 44th floor, where the dangerous digit is repeated twice.

"63-storey building" Outside of a semi-translucent glass of a specific golden color. Initially, fears were expressed that the glare reflected from the walls of the building of sunlight will interfere with drivers, but that, fortunately, did not happen. For decoration, reinforced glass was used, able to confront fierce winds. By the way, with strong wind, the top of the building is rather noticeably deviated from the vertical: when the wind speed reaches 40 m / s., This deviation at the top reaches 60 cm. The unusual golden color of the building is probably the most interesting feature, since in general it does not differ in architectural research. Big box so to speak.

However, architecture – architecture, and technology – technologies. With a purely technical point of view "63-storey building" represents a considerable interest, especially since it was built two decades ago, when South Korea was only chosen from "Third World". High-speed elevators that take 25 seconds to achieve the last floor, in those days were a miracle of technology – and they still continue to work without any problems.

Only part of the offices is used by the hosts of the building, insurers from "Tahan Senmen", And most premises are rented by numerous companies in bed. Approximately 15 thousand people come every day in "63-storey building" to work, and approximately 30 thousand attend it for other matters. Once they came mainly to look at the building itself or climb the observational site on the last floor. Now interest in the construction itself has decreased, but there is a large entertainment complex and a shopping center on its lower floors, which attract numerous visitors.

For a person in good physical form, approximately 20 minutes is required to descend to the first floor from the top level of the building (how long it takes rise from the first on the last floor – I do not know, but I suppose that I would take this event all day).

"63-storey building" has a complete set of backup electrical generators, which are included in the case of termination of the standard electricity. These generators have been used twice: in October 1986., When electricity was turned off within 35 minutes, and ten years later, in 1996. When the dimming lasted 10 minutes. More recently, another turning off the electricity, the third in the history of the building, but it turned out to be very short and lasts only one minute.

Now, after 20 years of service, the building needs some reconstruction that will begin in the near future and will take several years. However, I hope that the building is built on the century, and that it will not be demolished even when it becomes really old (in 2150, for example). A masterpiece of architecture to call him, of course, is hard, but, firstly, it happens and worse, and secondly "63-storey building" In itself is a monument to the grand change, what happened in Korea in the seventies and eighties.

It is from the building "63-storey building" In fact, the history of high-rise construction in Korea began. Over time, Korean companies, having introduced the necessary experience at home, became the main builders of high-rise buildings in all Asia. But about it – another time.

Chief skyscraper Seoul

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