Exploring the Technology behind Korea's Invisible Skyscraper

Invisible Tower

Could an invisible sky scraper reshape Korea’s skyline?

The invisible “Tower Infinity” of South Korea is due for completion in 2014, but what sort of impact will it have on its surroundings? Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, rectifies the wealth and reputation of the country, standing proudly at the heart of Downtown Dubai. But what would an invisible skyscraper bring to the South Korean Skyline?

Why Invisible?

GDS Architects have worked diligently to produce a design which is invisible due to the integration of intelligent technology. Charles Wee, Head of Design at GDS, told Gizmag that Tower Infinity’s invisibility is designed to showcase “innovative Korean technology while encouraging a more global narrative in the process”, rather than “symbolizing prominence as another of the world’s tallest and best towers.”

Instead of contributing to the competitive nature of the most dominant buildings on earth, GDS aim to create the world’s first invisible tower.

How does it Work?

Tower Infinity will be 450 metres tall and will contain six cameras which are embedded in to the surface of the structure at different viewpoints. These cameras will capture real-life images of the building’s surroundings which will be exhibited on hundreds of rows of advanced LED screens which are spread across the tower’s structure. This ingenious design allows viewers to observe the view otherwise obscured by the building. This integrated technology is also able to modify the images collected to further help Tower Infinity to blend in with its surroundings, contributing to the illusion that the tower is “invisible”.

What about Planes and Birds?

Of course, it is the view of many that it’s a silly idea to build an invisible skyscraper because it poses a threat to anything travelling through the air above. The Tower is in fact visible from above and easily spotted by pilots and birds. Additionally the planes coming to and from the nearby airport do so only via flight paths which are not anywhere near the tower.

Michael Collins, Director at GDS, also explains that the building contains the same technology used at airport runways to warn birds of danger using low frequency sounds.

What is the point in having an Invisible Skyscraper?

Skyscrapers were originally designed to replicate the power, prestige and presence of a nation. The GDS Architects state that their tower is designed to avoid the competitive nature behind the building of impressive architecture around the world.

This is however counter parted by the intelligent technology integrated in to the design, functioning to display Korea’s advancements in technology. Surely this is a new competition entry? On its completion, tower infinity will casually also be the 6th tallest building in the world, causing it to automatically enter the architectural race.

Does this innovative skyscraper contribute to Korea’s skyline, or is it just a gimmick? Let us know what you think over on our Google+ page!