Enter the Dragons: Architects unveil twin Korean towers with lizard-like ‘scales’ of glass that let the buildings ‘breathe’

Sure enough, the Dancing Dragons, a supertall pair of towers in Yongsan International Business District in Seoul, South Korea - have scales, just like real dragons

When the makers of Dubai’s iconic ‘sail’ hotel, the Burj al Arab unveil a new tower, you can be fairly sure it’s not going to be another forgettable rectangle.

Sure enough, the Dancing Dragons, a supertall pair of towers in Yongsan International Business District in Seoul, South Korea – have scales, just like real dragons.

Even more surreally, the ‘scales’ of glass actually ‘breathe.’

The buildings, which include residential, ‘officetel’ and retail elements, consist of slender, sharply angled mini-towers cantilevered around a central core.

The mini-towers feature a dramatic series of diagonal massing cuts that create living spaces that float beyond the structure.

Dancing Dragons’ scale-like skin actually ‘breathes’ – gaps between its overlapping panels feature operable 600-mm vents through which air can circulate, making the skin ‘breathable’ like that of certain animals.

The towers also include hi-tech features such as radiant heating, fuel-cell cogeneration units at the basement level.

It also has hotovoltaic solar power arrays on the roof surfaces; daylight-linked lighting controls; and heat recovery via electric centrifugal chillers.

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