SOM

SOM

Korea World Trade Center Expansion

SOM’s design doubled the size of the Korea World Trade Center (KWTC) and established the facility as a world-class competitor in the field. Oriented around a series of convention halls, the mixed-use development features an office tower, 28-story luxury hotel, parking complex, and nearly 70,000 square meters of retail space.

KWTC is one of the most flexible convention centers in Asia, with facilities that can host a vast range of events while providing quick access to visitor amenities. Sustainable design elements include energy-efficient glass curtain walls, extensive green space, and direct access to public transportation. The north side of the complex features a curved, monumental gateway that faces a park. SOM’s multidisciplinary strengths enabled KWTC to become one of the few large convention centers able to operate without government subsidies.

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