Whereas most skyscrapers aim to stand out from crowded skylines, South Korea’s planned Eco Prism Tower will stand apart by blending in as the world’s first ‘invisible’ tower.
The 450 meter structure was designed by GDS Architects, who wanted South Korea’s cityscape to be visible through the towers transparent windows and semi-cloaking 'optical technology.' By bending light around opaque support columns, stairways, and elevator shafts, designers hope to give the building an ethereal, subtle presence.
To be located near Incheon International Airport, the tower is meant to be a gateway to South Korea’s bustling cityscape, symbolizing the region’s rising power through a self-diminishing ‘celebration of the global community’ – though this passive approach is somewhat offset by the unabashedly phallic design of the super tower.
The 145,000 square meter site will also house retail areas, a water park, and other ecological activities, and has a projected completion date of 2014.
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