|Location||Yeoui Island, Seoul, South Korea|
(Hanwha 63 City Corp.)
|Antenna spire||274 m (899 ft)|
|Roof||250 m (820 ft)|
|Top floor||249 m (817 ft)|
|Floor count||60 (3 underground)|
|Floor area||166,207 m (545,299 ft)|
|Design and construction|
|Architect||Harry D Som and Helen W Som, Som & Associates, architects, San Francisco|
|Revised Romanization||Yuksam Bilding|
The 63 Building (Korean: 63 빌딩 or 육삼 빌딩), officially called 63 SQUARE (formerly Hanwha 63 City), is a skyscraper on Yeouido island, overlooking the Han River in Seoul, South Korea. It was designed by Harry D Som and Helen W Som, principals of Som and Associates of San Francisco. (The building has been falsely attributed to the SOM design firm, which is inaccurate.) At 250 meters (819 ft) high, it was the tallest building outside North America when it opened in July 1985, and remains the tallest gold-clad structure in the world. It stood as South Korea's tallest building until the Hyperion Tower surpassed it in 2003, but remained the country's tallest commercial building until the Northeast Asia Trade Tower was topped-out in 2009.
The 63 Building was built as a landmark for the 1988 Summer Olympics. 63 is something of a misnomer since only 60 floors are above ground level. Floors 61-63 are restricted areas. The skyscraper is the headquarters of Korea Life Insurance, Industrial Bank of Korea Securities, and other major financial companies.
The design of this innovative structure is based on the Hanja character for person or human being (人 or in) in a subtle reference by the designers to the business of Daehan Life, the insurance company that constructed the building.
The 63 Building's construction broke ground in February 1980, at the height of South Korea's economic boom. It was built at a cost of 180,000,000,000 won, and construction was completed in May 1985. It was originally named the DLI 63 building, for Daehan Life Insurance. In 2000, Hanwha Group renamed the building 63 City and it became part of the group in 2002.
The 60th floor houses the world's highest art gallery and an observation deck known as the 63 Golden Tower, that allows visitors to see as far as Incheon on clear days. The 59th floor features international restaurants called Walking in the Cloud, while the 58th floor houses family restaurants called Touch the Sky. Observation elevators equipped with windows enable passengers to view the city on their way to or from the observation deck. In the evening some elevators are available exclusively for couples. Known as Love Elevators, these give guests a one-minute ride. The lower floors house an indoor shopping mall with approximately 90 stores, an IMAX theater, and a large aquarium. A convention center and banquet hall are also housed within the building.
In popular culture
The 63 Building was featured in the computer game SimCity 3000 Unlimited, and featured on the cover of SimCity 3000 Unlimited. In the game it can be built as a landmark entitled the 'Korea Life Building'.
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