Globe Watch | August 2014
Sky is the limit
Standing at a height of 308 metres, the NEATT building, as it is known, is a centrepiece of the Songdo International Business District (SIBD) – a new city built from scratch on 610 hectares of reclaimed land. The tower features a faceted glass body that gently tapers towards the top, dividing the exterior up into a series of triangular planes. Inside, its 68 storeys accommodate offices, apartments and a hotel, each with their own entrance lobby. Originally scheduled for completion this year, the £20 billion city is currently about half finished and expected to be in place by 2018. The NEATT building was commissioned by New York developer Gale International and Korean steel firm Posco Engineering & Construction, who together are behind the entire Songdo development. To reduce water consumption, it also utilises low-flow plumbing fixtures, grey-water recycling and rainwater collection.
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