Cutting edge 'invisible' tower granted construction permit outside Seoul, Korea
The eruption of supertall towers across the world has also seen a rise in 'landmark' architecture, with the majority of these glistening tall towers contorted into unusual shapes or incorporating 'vanity height' in an effort to stand out on the architecture map. For GDS Architects, A&U and Samoo Architects, this is not the case.
Tower Infinity is the result of an international design competition won by the team in 2008 and the project has just been granted a construction permit. The 450m-high structure is destined for a prime site just outside Seoul in South Korea, an area well known for its ambitious architectural design (search WAN for Yongsan International Business District for some breathtaking plans).
From the description provided by GDS Architects, one may be compelled to view Tower Infinity as ‘just another glass spire’ however where the team separates from the pack is with the incorporation of a cutting edge LED façade system with optical cameras.
GDS Principal Charles Wee, AIA, explains: “Instead of symbolising 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.
“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.”
The 450m-high tower is entirely devoted to entertainment. Its crystalline form contains observation decks, wedding venues, a theatre, rollercoaster, numerous eateries and a water park, all surrounded by gently landscaped gardens.
Tower Infinity will be sited near Incheon International Airport so that visitors making their way to Seoul will be able to enjoy its leisure facilities. In total the project covers more than 110,000 sq m and will boast one of the highest observation decks in the world, 392m high in the sky.