The South Korean government has approved the plans to build an invisible tower – designed by GDS Architects of Pasadena, California – outside of Seoul. Sounds very… Umm… Fantastic, aye? But wait, listen to this; the building will be near the Incheon International Airport.
What an awesome location for an invisible tower, right?
The building works by using cameras to capture real-time views from behind the building, then display them on the front using a wall of LEDs. Not a new thing, although execution of it on this size, is.
Cameras will be placed at three different heights on six different sides of the building to capture real-time images of the surroundings; three other sections, each filled with 500 rows of LED screens, will project the individual digital images. Through digital processing, images will be scaled, rotated and merged to create a seamless panoramic image that appears on the LED rows to create the illusion of invisibility. In essence, whatever is going on behind the building will be projected onto the front of the building.
An invisible tower may sound awesome in a fantastic fiction novel but in today’s world? Nah… More like a waste of energy.
It will also feature the world’s third highest observation deck but who cares, right?