Songdo IBD is being developed on 1,500 acres of reclaimed land in South Korea along Incheon's waterfront, 40 miles from Seoul and just 7 miles from Incheon International Airport. Developed by Gale International and Korea's POSCO E&C, this master-planned metropolis is a model of sustainable, city-scale development and innovation. The first phase of the new international city opened in August 2009.
Designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox, an international architectural practice recognized for design excellence and innovation in their buildings throughout the world, the 100 million square foot master plan includes commercial office space, residences, retail shops, hotels as well as civic and cultural facilities.
Highlights of the Songdo IBD master plan:
- The 68-story Northeast Asia Trade Tower, which will stand as Korea's tallest building and most advanced corporate center.
- The architecturally stunning Songdo Convensia, operating as Incheon's primary convention center, is Korea's largest column-free interior space.
- 600 acres of open space including a 100-acre Central Park, providing a beautiful place of refuge and relaxation for those who live and work in the city.
- The Incheon Arts Center, a cultural complex housing a concert hall, opera house, museum of Asian contemporary art, a music conservatory, design school, artist in residence housing, and a library.
- The Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea features an 18-hole championship golf course, a full clubhouse and a fitness center situated on a 228 acre site which will also include luxury villas and condominiums.
- Public and private schools including the Chadwick International School for students kindergarten through high school, offering a state-of-the-art learning environment and international perspectives to prepare them for leading post-secondary schools around the world.
- Songdo International City Hospital, planned to boast the latest in medical diagnosis and treatment technologies. Partners such as 3M and Microsoft will also participate in the development of this world class healthcare facility.
Songdo IBD is also distinguished by setting a new standard in sustainability including building design, systems engineering, urban infrastructure and community planning.
Songdo IBD's leadership in sustainable development will be key quality-of-life attributes for both corporations and residents. The city will be the first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified district in Korea and the largest project outside North America to be included in the LEED ND (Neighborhood Development) Pilot Program.
With more than US $10 billion invested and approximately 100 buildings completed or currently under construction, it is expected that Songdo IBD will quickly become the central business hub in Northeast Asia.