Building a skyscraper a few miles away from a major international airport might seem as insane ideaâ€”such as making it easy for aircraft to see and avoid.
GDS Architects said earlier last week that the country’s government had approved its plan for a unique building wich will be equipped with light-emitting diodes and cameras aimed to mimic the skies behind it, tricking the eyes into believing it has disappeared into thin air.
As The Wall Street JournalÂ writes, “computer-generated pictures and video clips of the glass tower slowly blending into a blue sky dotted with clouds sent ripples of excitement around the Web.”
The California-based company, calls its new 450-meter (1,476-foot), fountain-pen-shaped structure â€śTower Infinity,â€ť but itâ€™s official name will be the City Tower.
The construction will have a form of centerpiece of the waterfront development in Incheonâ€™s Cheongna districtâ€”about 30 kilometers west of the capital city of South Korea and half that distance east of the countryâ€™s main air hubâ€”it won land ministry approval last month.
The project is supported by the state company, Korea Land & Housing Corp., which assured that the building doesn’t pose any risk to air traffic, and played down its disappearing trick.
The illusion works only during certain parts of the day and from certain angles, said Kim Hee-jae, who is in charge of the towerâ€™s architectural planning at Korea Land & Housing.
He went on, adding that “the electric lights shining from inside the building will provide a further limit to its stealth, especially at night.”
â€śItâ€™s a building with a glass exterior like most other ordinary new buildings these days,â€ť said Mr. Kim.
According to recent reports, the innovative technology hasnâ€™t yet been officially certified. If the tests are successful, the optical trick would be showcased only during brief periods at specific hours. Even then, the structure’s red aircraft warning lights would have to be onâ€”as at all hoursâ€”guiding pilots away.
Construction is on hold and without a deadline, Mr. Kim said, while the search continues for private investors to fund a portion of the project.
According to the construction’s designers, the projections will broadcast important events or advertisements onto the skyscraper.
And even when the special installments will be turned off, the building has some built-in transparency. It will be constructed using a great deal of clear glass and has an open floor plan so visitors can look down multiple levels.
“The Tower Infinity will primarily be used for entertainment and leisure, according to the press release from U.S.-based GDS Architects. The skyscraper is set to include a water park, movie theaters and restaurants,” Mashable reports.
“The tower’s observation deck will be the third highest in the world, and is planned to go up right outside Seoul’s Incheon International Airport.”
Charles Wee, responsible for the skyscraper’s construction said: “Instead of symbolizing prominence as another of the worldâ€™s tallest and best towers, our solution aimsÂ to provide the World’s first invisible tower, showcasingÂ innovative Korean technology while encouraging a more Global narrative in the process.”
“WeÂ are elated that the many years of design, testing and coordination 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,” he added.