South Korea Building World's First 'Invisible' Skyscraper

September 12, 2013


The South Korean government has approved the plans to build an invisible tower outside of Seoul near the Incheon International Airport (GREAT PLACE FOR AN INVISIBLE TOWER). The building was designed by GDS Architects of Pasadena, California, and works by
using cameras to capture real-time views from behind the building, then display them on the front using a wall of LEDs (similar to that invisible car Mercedes made). I honestly can't think of a better waste of energy.

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.

I'm sure it will look DECENT, but due of the law of changing perspective, it would really only look invisible when viewed from a single, perfect angle. A single, perfect dangle? *pointing* Right here in my pants. I'm talking about my penis. Jk jk -- I'm talking about your penis, stud. Now you can't say I've never said anything nice to you, even if it was a lie.

Hit the jump for a couple more shots of the tower, which, when completed, will also feature the world's third highest observation deck.



Thanks to Leppid, who agrees the best invisible buildings are hidden by actual magic and not just a shit-ton of LEDs.

  • Inquizative

    They'll never know what hit 'em!

  • whosjohnny

    excellent pilot training, can't use visual anymore, must use instruments to fly where invisible tower is nearby... muahahaha!

  • Rick Thomas

    all neat until a plane or helicopter flys into it by accident

  • bunch of grapes

    I can see possible future military uses for this

  • Girgear

    Emperor's new skyscraper?

  • cabbo

    Obvious illuminati hub of evil. Blow it up nao.

  • Dokujitsu

    Because what could go wrong?

  • 大川 JMizu

    so now planes can fly right into it and never know wtf it hit

  • Celista

    Wtf sort of building design is this? A massive phallic symbol MADE INVISIBLE (and therefore defeating the purpose of showing off your substitute schlong) and then built near a major airport. Way to go...

  • disqus_k2QxOV9H7Z

    Thinking about it they could use those LEDs as a huge screen instead.I bet they will!

  • Ollie Williams

    Maybe instead of spending hundreds of millions of dollars on an invisible skyscraper publicity stunt, they should work on feeding the 7.5 million of their population in poverty, or the additional 4 million in severe poverty.

  • South Korea? Really? I think might confuse them with another country ...

    Still, more people below the poverty line than in the US ... so true, they should do something about that.

  • Ollie Williams

    Not sure if you missed a word there and implying I'm wrong, but I'm not confusing S. Korea with anyone. Their current population is (per your source) 48,955,203. The current (per your source as of 2011) is 16.5%. That's over 8 million below the poverty line. So if anything, my figures were a bit conservative.

  • disqus_k2QxOV9H7Z

    Checking the numbers South Korea seems to have poverty levels of developed countries like USA, Canada, Europe... You should be making this discourse to China, Brazil, and other countries wasting money with absurd buildings and corruption.

  • boooo!

    Amazing Simpsons moment.

  • knurd

    They will be looking to fill the "dead bird sweeper" position.

  • whacko

    The whole point of building massive skyscrapers is to show off how wealthy and powerful your business is. Making the skyscraper invisible kinda defeats the point...

  • bunch of grapes

    What's less easy to see makes one try harder to see it I guess

  • boooo!

    Because glass sky scrapers don't kill enough birds already.

  • broodax

    "kim jong uns invisible tower, curing hunger 1 bird at a time"
    -Kim Jon Uns thought process

  • bgrdownvoter

    Wrong country.

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