Invisible Heights.

The race for the tallest skyscraper will be forever ongoing. To be the architect to design an iconic tower is an opportunity of a lifetime. American firm GDS Architects has decided to create an iconic tower that will be known not for it’s height, but for the fact that it can become invisible!

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The South Korean government has recently approved this scheme, which uses cameras to film its surroundings. The recorded images can then be recreated in real-time on the glass façade of the building, rendering it invisible. The surface of the glass will be covered by 500 rows of LED lights that create the images.

 

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The tower has been designed to contain entertainment facilities, including a water park and roller coaster.  It will also contain the third highest observation deck in the world.

 

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The skyscraper is to be 450metres (1,476 feet) high and will be sixth on the list of world’s highest buildings.

 

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Positioned just outside Seoul, the anti-tower is set to stand as a national landmark for Korea which can be seen along the route between the city and its international airport.

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Charles Wee, AIA, GDS Design Principal, said of the new skyscraper: “We 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.”

 

Information sourced from:

http://www.gdsarchitects.com/flash/index.html
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/superpower-tower-the-invisible-skyscraper-8815671.html