If 2011 was the year of the hashtag, is 2012 the year we’ll physically see it in real life? Better yet, we might be able to live in one. A Danish architecture design firm Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) is planning a twin tower skyscraper that resembles the shape of a hashtag set to provide urban residencies in the city district of South Korea. According to these concept photos, the towers already look wildly futuristic enough to warrant a tweet.
The Cross # Tower takes inspiration from the symbol in its four intersections; interlocking the two towers together with two shorter horizontal bridges. The original design extended sky high, but due to height restrictions the firm took off the extra length and added the bridge for additional space in a more modest altitude. The building will feature large square glass windows for views of the Yongsan International Business District which overlooks Han River.
The proposed building will take up 21,000 square meters, or approximately 226,042 square feet, of land and reaching 214 and 204 meters (702 and 669 feet, respectively) in height. The Cross # Tower will accommodate 600 apartments, with outdoor gardens and terraces set atop the bridges that connect the two towers.
The lower bridge of the two will be slightly above the ground level, so residents won’t fear for too much height outdoors. Recreational spaces such as a playground and courtyard will fill the rooftop, with a library, kindergarten school, and an art gallery set inside the complex. These additional community spaces add to the idea of that the bridges will not only connect the towers, but also the people inside them. The unconventional shape of the building should also make a buzz for visitors and locals alike who may find the Cross # Tower one of the latest sightseeing destinations in South Korea.
“The typical tower inherently removes life from the city it occupies. Circulation is linear and social interactions occur only in lobbies or awkward elevator rides,” Thomas Christoffersen, Partner in Charge of BIG, told Dezeen. “We propose a building that triples the amount of ground floor – triples the amount of social interaction and reintroduces the idea of neighborhood within the tower complex.”
BIG’s proposal for the Cross # Tower is currently being reviewed by international firms before architects are approved to move ahead with construction.