Monday, 23 September 2013

World's First Invisible Tower

The current global battle to crank out record-breaking tall buildings the South Korean government has granted approval to start construction on the world's first "invisible" tower. It is well designed by United States based GDS Architects, the glass-encased Tower Infinity will top out at 450 meters  almost 1,476 feet and have the third highest observation deck in the world. This mega project is supported by Korea Land & Housing Corporation, a state-owned land and public housing developer. More importantly the invisibility illusion will be achieved with a high-tech LED facade system that uses a series of cameras that will send real-time images onto the building's reflective surface and it will be built just outside of Seoul near the Incheon International Airport.
The target completion date is not confirmed yet neither by developer nor GDS. The project will be primarily used for leisure activities, observation decks, a movie theater, roller coaster, water park and plentiful food and beverage outlets. It is expected to be in sixth on the list of the world's highest towers, behind Tokyo SkyTree, Guangzhou's CantonTower, Toronto's CN Tower, Moscow's Ostankino Tower and Shanghai's Oriental Pearl. Therefore; Tower Infinity's invisible face is basically just state of the art camouflage. Cameras will be placed at 3 different heights on 6 different sides of the building to capture real-time images of the surroundings; 3 other sections, each filled with 500 rows of LED screens, will project the individual digital images. In the course of digital processing, images will be scaled, rotated and merged to generate a seamless panoramic image that appears on the LED rows to produce the illusion of invisibility.

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