While it will be one of the world’s largest towers upon completion, South Korea’s Tower Infinity certainly won’t be called an eyesore; in fact you may not be able to see it at all.
Although certainly impressive for its height alone, (the tower will rank at number six in the world’s tallest), it is for its pioneering camouflage system that observation tower Infinity is really hitting the headlines.
Architect GDS was recently granted a permit to begin construction on the 1,476 foot tower, which it has designed to appear ‘invisible’, or as close to this as possible.
Once the stuff of science fiction, the ability to make objects ‘disappear’ is becoming a reality due to new technology, and for the first time, this is being implemented in building design.
Cameras placed around the tower will capture real-time images of the surroundings; which will be projected by the 500 rows of LED screens lining the exterior.
Digital processing will correctly scale images, rotate them and finally merge them to create a seamless panoramic image shown on the LED screens to create the illusion of invisibility, as the scene behind the building will be projected onto its front.
The resulting effect is that from a distance, the building, near the country’s Incheon International Airport is practically transparent.
Charles Wee, GDS Design Principal said of the design: “Instead of symbolising 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.”
The LED screens of course can also be used to project any image, meaning that the tower can also be used for advertising or entertainment purposes, said GDS.
The project is funded by a state-owned land and public housing developer.
The building is due for completion in 2014 and is likely to include leisure facilities including a theme park, restaurants and an observation deck positioned at a height of 1,286ft (392 metres). International visitors to Seoul should have no trouble seeing it – or not, as the case may be – when they arrive in South Korea as it is being built near the capital’s Incheon International Airport.