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.