Tower Infinity: Skyscraper with Harry Potter’s Invisibility Cloak

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Tower Infinity

Is invisibility really possible? Can we have an Invisibility cloak just like Harry Potter had? For years, researchers have tried but failed to develop technology that would render objects truly invisible. What they have managed to do, though, is come up with methods to create the optical illusion of invisibility. But South Korea is skipping a few steps and is aiming to build the world’s first “invisible” tower, The South Korean government has already granted approval to begin construction on the world’s first “invisible” tower which has been Designed by U.S.-based GDS Architects, the glass-encased Tower Infinity will top out at 450 meters (1,476 feet) and have the third highest observation deck in the world. The project is backed by Korea Land & Housing Corporation, a state-owned land and public housing developer. It will be built just outside of Seoul near the Incheon International Airport.
LED rows
“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.”

first 'invisible' tower
first 'invisible' tower

first 'invisible' tower

Working

Cameras to capture real-time views on one side of the building will display them on the front using a wall of LEDs. Through careful consideration of viewing angles, the folks at GDS Architects think they’ve worked out how to create the most dramatic effect possible for pedestrians while remaining in the bounds of architectural and fiduciary reality. In a statement, GDS president Charles Wee said, “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.” It will also have the world’s third highest observation deck.
world’s first invisible tower

Hurdles

Tests on the technology still have to be conducted. While the permit has been issued, more funding needs to be secured. Also potentially complicating the idea of a gigantic invisible glass tower: The site’s just a few miles from the Incheon International Airport.
World's first 'invisible' tower
In a brief on the building’s unusual design, GDS points out that the same technology allowing the tower to melt away into the horizon will also allow it to function as a “450-meter-tall billboard screen.” Hopefully they won’t have to resort to that to find their funding.

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