Gallery: Tower Infinity: ‘Invisible’ Anti-Skyscraper Gets the Green Lig...

 
GDS Architects was just granted the green light to begin construction on a sparkling new super-tall skyscraper in Seoul, South Korea. Tower Infinity will reach a height of 450 meters, placing it among the top 10 tallest buildings in the world. Designed for a location near the Incheon International Airport, Tower Infinity will also have the distinction of being 'invisible'. Using optical illusions and lighting, the tower will appear to disappear into the sky, making it a less obtrusive anti-tower.

Tower Infinity will be located at the heart of the Yongsan International Business District, whose master plan was originally designed by Samoo. The superscraper will be a landmark project for the area, and it will serve as an iconic landmark for visitors coming from the international airport. GDS Architects won the competition to design the tower back in 2004 and just this summer they were granted permission to begin construction.

The observation tower will largely be used for entertainment purposes – it will feature observation decks, wedding venues, a theater, a roller coaster, lots of restaurants, a water park, and a variety of landscaped gardens in the surrounding area. The crystalline tower is not just a vanity skyscraper though – as GDS has proposed a sort of anti-tower that blends into the sky and seems to disappear with the help of optical illusions, and lighting. The firm explains, “Instead of symbolizing prominence as another of the world’s ‘tallest and best’ towers, it sets itself apart by celebrating the global community rather than focusing on itself. The tower subtly demonstrates Korea’s rising position in the world by establishing its most powerful presence through diminishing its presence.”

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  1. Jose Sanchez September 12, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    I.M. Pei did this with Fountain Place in Dallas, TX

  2. Exboyracer September 10, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    OK — just a thought here — you are building the largest tower in the world — near an airport — and you are making it invisible. Nope nothing could go wrong – not at all – no problemo – nosiree.

  3. Bling Crawsby September 10, 2013 at 11:28 am

    What sort of safety equipment will it have to prevent collision with aircraft… It being “invisible” and all?

  4. sergey pavlovich September 10, 2013 at 9:48 am

    Beautiful, but it is the last century.
    Today already a great folly to build above 200-300 meters (especially in the vicinity of the airport). It is expensive to build, expensive and inconvenient for technical maintenance. ))
    We live in a time when the rationality of implemented solutions must come out on top.
    It is clear that saving energy and resources in the next 20-30 years will force tenants to seek more cost-effective spaces, and the owners of high-rise buildings will have to begin demolish the become unprofitable high-rise monsters.
    Architecture for ХХI century: Large-Span Translucent Buildings – http://blog.dp.ru/post/5274/ .
    This article is about how we can bring a bit useful Green of variety for dull and monotonous Architecture our towns.
    These are the technologies that will soon to should change the world and our way of life.
    Progress does not stand still; the use of new materials and technologies gives amazing results, if at the same time we are able to give up some of their old patterns of thinking )).
    Production of energy from renewable sources – this is fine, but the architecture itself can and should reduce the need for electricity.
    And these objects will soon be able to achieve this.
    Sorry for the minor inconvenience to read article. For example, this is easily one can done with an automatic interpreter Google – http://translate.google.ru/
    I am sure that the big problems with the translation you will not have :)

  5. Tuckerfan September 9, 2013 at 11:01 pm

    I’m suddenly reminded of an old Far Side cartoon with a little old lady sitting in a rocking chair, talking to her friend and saying, “Yes, living in an all glass house does have its disadvantages, but you should see the birds smack it!”

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