South Korea to Build ‘Invisible’ Skyscraper
Posted on December 3, 2013
While burgeoning cities across the globe ostentatiously display their glitzy skyscrapers — from Dubai’s Burj Khalifa to Kuala Lumpur’s Petronas Towers — Incheon has something else in mind: putting a 450-meter-high building into stealth mode.
According to California-based GDS Architects, the South Korean government approved this fall the construction of City Tower (unofficially called “Tower Infinity”), a skyscraper that uses LEDs to project the image of the sky from behind it, as captured by cameras on the other side. The result is no less than amusing: a structure that seemingly disappears from Incheon’s skyline.
But critics argue that its location, 18 miles west of Seoul, but just a few miles east of Korea’s busiest airport, raises concerns about flight safety. However, Korea Land & Housing Corporation downplayed any risks the spectacle might pose in the Korean skies.
After all, the building will not be completely 007 James Bond-movie invisible.