Around Asia: “Invisible” tower to be built in Seoul

In Other News - September 19th, 2013

People will soon see – or not see – the first “invisible” skyscraper in South Korea.

US-based GDS Architects have a permit to begin construction of the 1,476-foot skyscraper near Incheon International Airport, according to a press release.

Dubbed as “Tower Infinity,” the superstructure will use an LED facade and cameras on the opposite side to display what’s directly behind the building.

When turned on, the facade will give an illusion of an unobstructed skyline.

The building’s projections may also be used for broadcasting special events or advertisements, GDS architects said.

The building will be constructed using clear glass, making it virtually transparent, and has an open floor plan so visitors can look down multiple levels.

Tower Infinity will be used primarily for entertainment and leisure, and is set to house a 4D theater, restaurants, a water park, landscaped gardens, and the third-highest observation deck in the world.

“Instead of symbolizing prominence as another of the world’s tallest and best towers, our solution aims to provide the World’s first invisible tower showcasing innovative Korean technology while encouraging a more global narrative in the process,” Charles Wee, GDS Design Principal stated.

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

By: Maesie Bertumen

Image of Seoul skyline: choweee/Flickr