Skyscrapers have always been symbols of architectural, economic and national might, the taller the better. They are meant to be seen from miles around. But a new tower slated to go up outside of Seoul, South Korea, has been designed with a twist: It is meant to be seen--and then not seen. The Tower Infinity, designed by the multinational GDS Architects, uses technology to render itself "invisible," or at the very least, optically camouflaged.
Clad in a surface of both cameras and image-producing LEDs, the 450-meter-tall tower will visually capture its surrounding environment and transmit those images to the opposite face of the building from which they were shot. With a building manager's finger on a dimmer switch, the opacity of the building could be adjusted.
Now for the big question: Why do it? GDS Principal Charles Wee 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. Korea will have a unique position of having the "best" tower by having an "anti-tower."
The Tower Infinity is slated to be completed by 2014.