FKI Tower BIPV Exterior Wall

FKI Tower BIPV Exterior Wall

Citation of Merit

Firm: Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

Location: Seoul, South Korea

Client: Federation of Korean Industries

Associate Architect: Chang-Jo Architects

Contractor: Hyundai Engineering & Construction Co., Ltd, STX JV

Consultants: Thornton Tomasetti, V3, Rolf Jensen & Associates, Shen, Milsom & Wilke, Rowan Williams Davies & Irwin, Lerch Bates, SWA, Environmental Systems Design

Photos: Namgoong Sun Photography

FKI Tower’s innovative façade features a specifically designed Building Integrated Photovoltaic System (BIPV), which collects and generates energy, reduces internal heating and cooling loads, and limits the need for artificial lighting.

The concept for the building’s distinctive shape was developed by combining the client’s request for a building that was contextual to the orthogonal architecture of the district. Jurors enjoyed how “texture provides context,” as one juror said. “It’s a culturally interesting form,” said another. The building also meets Seoul’s requirement that all new large-scale commercial buildings generate at least 5 percent of their energy on site. The use of BIPV was seen as an architecturally appealing way to meet the zoning requirement while the optimization of the panels became a driving factor in developing the architectural expression.

“The design is prototypical; it can be replicated easily and to great benefit,” a juror commented. “It works hard,” said another.

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