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​Cheongna City Tower: Floating Islands

“Long before the world was created there was an island, floating in the sky, upon which the Sky People lived. They lived quietly and happily. No one ever died or was born or experienced sadness…” Iroquois Creation Myth


"Floating Island" - so stated the basic concept for the tower in Cheongna, Incheon, South Korea. The image of the tower as a group hanging in the air due to the islands location, program and structure of the object.


Located in a park area near the coast with numerous islands, the tower consists of islands hung on the perimeter supporting structure, visually linking the design with the environment and developing the park area in the vertical direction.


The program of the tower is full of entertainment and recreational functions. This is a vertical theme park in which there is constant movement between the levels of the islands, with lifts and cable cars.


The body of the main levels of the islands are arranged restaurants, cafes, recreation areas, cinemas, educational and game room on the surfaces of the islands - rides and viewing platform with spectacular views as to the environment and into the interior of the tower.


The main property of the bearing structure consisting of two connected into a single structure of the lattice around the perimeter of the tower - transparency, allowing the island to be seen from outside and to survey the neighborhood, while on the surface of the islands.



Architects: Vladimir Belskiy, Sergey Pospelov, Ildar Valishin, Ilia Ekonomov 

Structural Engineer: Pavel Ivanov 

Location: Cheongna, Incheon, Korea

Project: 2008

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