PASADENA FIRM GDS ARCHITECTS'
CONSTRUCTION PERMIT FOR
WORLD'S FIRST INVISIBLE HIGHRISE
450-meter Tower Infinity Now Set to Begin Construction
Pasadena, Calif., September 04, 2013 – GDS Architects is pleased to announce that it's 450 meter tall Tower Infinity observation tower has received Permit approval for construction near Incheon International Airport just outside of Seoul, Korea. GDS in collaboration with Samoo Architects and A&U were awarded first prize in a National Design Competition sponsored by Korea Land Housing (LH) to provide Design and Engineering services for the 450 meter tall Observation Tower poised to become Korea's National Landmark back in April 2011. In addition, GDS Architects won the original International Idea Competition out of 146 entries from 46 countries in December of 2008.
Charles Wee, AIA, GDS Principal says, "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, 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."
"We are pleased that Tower Infinity will boast the third highest observation deck in the world and will become the world’s first “invisible tower” through the use of a sophisticated LED facade system with optical cameras, says Michael Collins, Director at GDS.
The GDS design team includes Charles Wee-Design Principal, Scott Callihan, Michael Collins
GDS Korea: Jae Young Jang, Yong Won Sohn and Min Wook Kang.
Structural Engineer: King-Le Chang of KLC Taiwan.
Founded in 1997, GDS Architects is a design and planning firm with offices in Pasadena, Seoul and Taipei. The firm designs large scale, mixed-use commercial projects and high-rise residential, as well as master planned cities.