South Korea Will Soon Be Home To An Invisible Skyscraper

7 years, 7 months ago - September 20, 2013
Architectural firm GDS Architects has announced that it has received its permits to build the Tower Infinity near the Incheon Airport just outside of Seoul, South Korea. Although at 450 meters tall, it won’t be the tallest building in the world, it does have one unique feature: it will come equipped with a cloaking device.

Charles Wee of GDS Architects explained in a statement that the company wanted to “provide the World’s first invisible tower, showcasing  innovative Korean technology.”

The tower’s facade will come equipped with LED projectors and cameras. The cameras will capture the area around the building, then stitch them together in a panorama to display through the projectors. The result will make the tower seem transparent from the outside when the projectors are turned on.

On the company’s website, it explains that the tower will establish Korea’s rising position in the world not by building the tallest tower, but “establishing its most powerful presence through diminishing its presence.”

In addition to being able to appear almost invisible, the tower will also have plenty else for tourists to Korea to do. It will have the world’s third highest observation deck, as well as shops, restaurants, movie theaters, and apparently a water park.

“We look forward to providing Korea and the World with a completely new model for what it means to be an observation tower,” said Wee.

Below, you can see a concept image from GDS Architects as to how the LEDs will work to make the tower seem invisible.

Text by Forbes

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