Xi Harbor View, New Songdo City in Incheon, South Korea. Rendering courtesy Gale international and KPF.

New Songdo City – Xi Harbor View



Thornton Tomasetti provided structural design services for Xi Harbor View, a bustling residential development of six 30 to 40-story high-rise and seven 14-story mid-rise buildings in New Songdo City. The 2.9-million-square-foot development also includes public amenities, assembly facilities above grade and a basement level parking garage.

Challenges Thornton Tomasetti faced was developing a design resistant to typhoon-force winds and engineering engage piles with loading ties to ensure sufficient bracing. The heavy weight of the concrete buildings was used as a cost-effective solution to counteract high hydropressure uplift, a consequence of the site being built on land reclaimed from the Yellow Sea.

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