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'Invisible' Tower To Be Built in South Korea Will Really Be There

Friday, 13 Sep 2013 12:00 PM

By Michael Mullins

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An invisible tower is coming to the outskirts of South Korea's capital city of Seoul where it will be known as "Tower Infinity."

The planned 1,476-foot tower will be situated near the Incheon International Airport and be comprised of an LED facade system that uses optical cameras acting as a reflective skin to display what's directly behind the building, giving the appearance of an invisible structure to an observer, Business Insider reported.

The tower will consist of a main spire, flanked on either side by two separate building wings that will primarily be used for leisure and entertainment purposes. Among the amenities are a 4D theater, restaurants, landscaped gardens, a water park, and the third-highest observation deck in the world, the Business Insider noted.

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As described by the architecture website Architizer.com, the structure will resemble a "phallic crystalline tower imbued with a tinted glow reminiscent of Avatar’s endangered forests," referring to 2009 science fiction film.

A construction date has not yet been set by GDS Architects, the California-based firm behind the concept; however, Korean officials have provided a permit to begin construction on the project.

"Instead of symbolizing 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," Charles Wee, GDS Architects president, said in the press release. "We look forward to providing Korea and the world with a completely new model for what it means to be an observation tower."

The Tower Infinity, when complete, will have the same height as China's Zifeng Tower at 1,476 feet, yet fall far short of the world's tallest building, the United Arab Emirates' Burj Khalifa tower in the city of Dubai.

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The Burj Khalifa took nearly five years to complete and reportedly cost approximately $1.5 billion to complete.

The estimated length of time and construction costs associated with Tower Infinity was not reported.

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