The Lotte World Tower in South Korea, which made our list of the world’s 10 tallest building under construction earlier this year, has finally been completed after eight years of construction. Designed by New York-based Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF), the 555-meter-tall (approximately 1,820 feet) skyscraper is now considered the tallest building in the Korean peninsula and the fifth tallest in the world.
The sleek supertall rises 123 stories and measures a whopping 505,300 square meters, or 5,439,000 square feet, and comprises a stacked mixed-used program that includes retail, office, and “officetel” space, as well as a seven-star luxury hotel. The top ten stories have been designated for public use and as entertainment facilities that feature an observation deck and a rooftop cafe.
According to KPF’s website, the glass-and steel tower’s tapered design was inspired by historic Korean arts such as calligraphy, ceramics, and porcelain. Two petal-like sheathes create a seam on either side and extend upward without ever coming together at the top. It also strives toward sustainability and currently seeks LEED Gold accreditation, incorporating solar panels, wind turbines, external shading devices, and water harvesting systems.