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Tall buildings are generally built to be seen but a new skyscraper in Seoul, South Korea is instead aiming for an invisible finish.

Tall buildings are generally built to be seen but a new skyscraper in Seoul, South Korea is instead aiming for an invisible finish.

Labelled Tower Infinity, the 450-metre tower is slated to become the world’s first invisible skyscraper, one which will challenge virtual and physical aesthetics thanks to an intricately designed LED façade.

Tower Infinity LED Facade Process

Tower Infinity LED Facade Process

A construction permit for the building was just granted to a collaborative architectural team made up of GDS Architects, Samoo Architects and A&U. The group was awarded first prize in a National Design Competition sponsored by Koreak Land Housing (LH).

The project triumphed over 146 submissions from 46 countries to take earn the chance to develop an observation tower that would serve as South Korea’s National Landmark.

In order to “disappear”, the building will feature a glass envelope and LED façade that will utilise cameras to capture real-time images of the skyscraper’s surroundings.

Digital Image Process

Digital Image Process

Digital processing technology will then modify the images, projecting them on rows of LED screens which will create the illusion of invisibility and offer a view that the skyscraper would have normally obscured.

“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,” explained Charles Wee, AIA, GSS principal in a press release.

“We are elated that the many years of design, testing and coordination have led us to that all-important step of beginning the building process.”

Inside The Facade

Inside The Facade

Transparency is also a common aesthetic throughout the skyscraper, from building envelope to transparent floors while the LED façade will also have the ability to operate as a media façade to broadcast local events and advertisements.

Due to the skyscraper’s height, the reflective surface is also expected to project mostly sky images. In terms of height, the building would be the sixth tallest in the world and would boast the third highest observation deck in the world.

Located close to Seoul’s Incheon International Airport, the tower is being designed as an entertainment destination housing a water park, 4D movie theatre, restaurants and landscape gardens. It is expected to be completed some time next year.

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  1. Collin S

    IMO That’s just plain stupid, why waste tax dollars for an invisible facade? It’s a cool idea but I can’t believe it got approved for construction. A 450m invisible tower right beside an airport…hm. That’s a diaster waiting to happen. If they wanted the tower to be invisible, then they shouldn’t even build it.

  2. Lynda Felner

    Cant imagine how much the LEDs will cost to cover the entire facade.. that ontop of the adaptive optics necessary to simulate what the building would look like if it weren’t there..

    then, next to an airport?

    Seems like a lot of money just to try to do something “cool”

  3. L. Litoni

    How many birds do you think that thing is going to kill each year?

    • Amanda Tyner

      …Imagine that maintenance bill. Plus how ugly it will be once they turn it into a giant billboard.

  4. Simon Randel

    Building this near an airport? That’ll end well. I don’t see how they’re going to get around the fact that the view will change depending on the position of the observer.

  5. Barry

    Just wondering : how will it be invisible from anywhere except a single viewpoint?

    In my understanding, that’s how it’s gonna work, and it will just look weird from everywhere else.

    I’m pretty sure those LEDs will pretty much only be playing huge ads all night long

  6. Walter Froomby

    i think it will end up performing best at a predetermined distant away from the tower and only at 4 right angles to the building’s fascads. as you circle the building at that “predetermined” distance the image will skew and slowly get more “off” untill you approach the next “sweet spot”. Then also, as you get closer and closer to the building it will become les and less accurate.

    thought: unless they really just decide on programming the screens to project what is mostly above, that way anyone sitting in the plaza almost directly below the building will have the illusion, that’d be kinda cool, imagine as you drive up you see this weird thing, but by the time you sit down in there cafe/whatever the images line up just right that it seems invisible.

  7. Cayliegh

    IMO That’s just plain stupid, why waste tax dollars for an invisible facade? It’s a cool idea but I can’t believe it got approved for construction. A 450m invisible tower right beside an airport…hm. That’s a diaster waiting to happen. If they wanted the tower to be invisible, then they shouldn’t even build it.

    • Leo Travis

      Tax dollars?

    • Tushram

      It’s not going to be built right beside the airport. Looks like about 15-20 km away, and perpendicular to the runways.

      Heck, it’s probably not going to be built at all.

    • Sean Summers

      Not to mention if a pilot is even in a situation where they’re relying on sight to not fly into the buildings in the city, something has gone terribly, terribly wrong already.

  8. karen Wilhem

    Cant imagine how much the LEDs will cost to cover the entire facade.. that ontop of the adaptive optics necessary to simulate what the building would look like if it weren’t there..

    then, next to an airport?

    Seems like a lot of money just to try to do something “cool”

  9. Marry White

    Why the hatred? I like the idea, the technology is in place and it’s a lovely high tech, ideologically transparent finger up at their secretive northern brothers.