GDS to Develop ‘Barely Visible’ Skyscraper in South Korea
- Oct 02, 2013
It seems like a number of countries are engaged in a new kind of Space Race. This time, the competition seems to be about getting to the highest possible point, and then build an observation deck near it. The latest project to try and inscribe its name on the roof of the world will take shape in South Korea after approval to build a skyscraper was scored by architecture firm GDS Architects. The novelty element brought to the plate by the construction dubbed Infinity Tower will be a deliberate optical illusion that will make the structure barely visible from certain angles.
Infinity Tower will be developed with the backing of state-owned developer, Korea Land & Housing Corporation, World Property Channel reported. When completed, sometime next year, the tower will stand 1,476 feet tall and will feature the third highest observation deck in the world. On the tech front, the tower would feature high-end technology including 18 cameras that would project images of the tower’s surroundings on LED panels located around the structure thereby creating a night-invisible skyscraper. The tower will be developed by GDS near the Incheon International Airport, the country’s largest hub with a total of more than 38 million passengers transiting the facility in 2012.
Because of its location, the building will be outfitted with warning lights to prevent any issues with the frequent air traffic the area has. Infinity Tower has been designated as an entertainment spot, one that would feature dining options, cinemas, a theme park, water park and other visitor-experience-oriented fixtures. The construction would not feature office or residential space. At its height, the tower would give South Korea one of the tallest constructions of its kind on the globe, according to the rating system at the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, WPC writes. However, although standing almost 1,500 feet in height, Infinity Tower would not affect the current top five that includes well-known towers such as Tokyo’s Skytree, Guangzhou’s