16.09.13

Projection harnessed to make 450m tower disappear

Projectors will be put to work to make a 450m tall skyscraper invisible in Seoul, Korea. The Tower Infinity observation tower, designed by GDS Architects, was given the go-ahead this month and will be built near Incheon International Airport. Developers claim that cameras and LED projectors will be used on the tower’s façade to conceal the building.

The intention is that the cameras will capture the area around the building. The images will be “stitched together” to form a panorama which will be fired onto the building by the projectors.

"Instead of symbolising prominence as another of the world’s tallest and best towers, our solution aims  to provide the World's first invisible tower, showcasing  innovative Korean technology while encouraging a more Global narrative in the process,” said Charles Wee, AIA, GDS Principal in a press release.

“We  are elated that the many years of design, testing and co-ordination have led us to that all important step of beginning the building process. We look forward to providing Korea and the World with a completely new model for what it means to be an observation tower."

"We are pleased that Tower Infinity will boast the third highest observation deck in the world and will become the world’s first “invisible tower” through the use of a sophisticated LED facade system with optical cameras,” added Michael Collins, director at GDS.

The GDS design team includes Charles Wee-Design Principal, Scott Callihan, Michael Collins
GDS Korea: Jae Young Jang, Yong Won Sohn and Min Wook Kang.
Structural Engineer: King-Le Chang of KLC Taiwan.