Pasadena-based firm GDS Architects’ new building in Incheon, South Korea, is guaranteed not to be an eyesore. Last August, the South Korean government granted approval for Tower Infinity, a 450 m-tall invisible skyscraper. The Infinity will be built near the Incheon International Airport, but Tower Infinity will be located outside of aviation corridors and will have standard aviation-warning lights.
While cities such as Dubai and Shanghai are competing for the status of building the biggest skyscrapers, the Infinity seeks to be the most novel. “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.
How it works
A series of 18 optical HD cameras are placed at three levels along the tower’s height.
The six cameras at each level take live feeds of the surrounding views, then the images are digitally processed, scaled, rotated and merged to form one panoramic view.
Rows of LED screens opposite each camera then project the view on to the glass facade, blending the tower seamlessly into the skyline.
– Will Dietrich-Egensteiner