Skyscrapers naturally demand and infer attention, especially amongst the phallic hubris of the modern skyscraper, where bigger is considered better. However the Tower Infinity, to be constructed near South Korea’s Incheon airport to the west of Seoul, is meant to be anything but obvious, in fact, its whole purpose is to be unobserved.
Designed by GDS Architects, the Tower Infinity, a 450 meters (1476 feet) invisible skyscraper, may be the world’s most timid tower. An exterior of 18 optical HD cameras records the scene behind it, and rows of LED screens then project the view onto the glass facade, blending the tower seamlessly into the skyline. “Instead of symbolising prominence as another of the world’s tallest towers, our solution aims to provide the world’s first invisible tower to showcase South Korean innovation,” says GDS’s principal designer, Charles Wee.
Above: A diagram explains how the Tower Infinity technology works. Below, l-r: Side elevation showing camera capture zone; front elevation with the LED Facade System not activated; how the building would appear when the LED Facade System is at 30 per cent power; when it is at 100 per cent power. Photo: GDS Architects
If like me, your first thought was about ‘an invisible building near an airport’; you can read the answer in this Forbes article. However, this also got me thinking about the existing super structures that carve out the sky in almost every large city, and if there are any you would add the technology too? What buildings would you like to remove from sight? Do you like the idea of being able to hide buildings or do you think they are to be seen?