Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 09-12-2013, 12:14 PM
The Great Sun Jester The Great Sun Jester is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: On the level, if inclined
Posts: 13,233
"Invisible" skyscraper in the works near Seoul

What could possibly go wrong?

From the mechanism description it sounds pretty cool, but I wonder what it looks like when viewed from the 'wrong' angle (hopefully it's pretty obvious from the air, for instance). Plus it'd be cool if they could make it play movies or be bright purple or whatever. Or with moving rainbow stripes.

Last edited by The Great Sun Jester; 09-12-2013 at 12:15 PM.
  #2  
Old 09-12-2013, 01:05 PM
lieu lieu is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: Bedrock
Posts: 26,079
The South Korean government has granted approval to begin construction on the world's first "invisible" tower.
<snip>
It will be built just outside of Seoul near the Incheon International Airport.


"What could go wrong?" indeed.
  #3  
Old 09-12-2013, 01:22 PM
running coach running coach is online now
Charter Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2000
Location: Riding my handcycle
Posts: 33,657
Watch, they'll build the foundation then quit.
  #4  
Old 09-12-2013, 02:40 PM
The Great Sun Jester The Great Sun Jester is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: On the level, if inclined
Posts: 13,233
Heh... It's the Emperor's new building!
  #5  
Old 09-12-2013, 02:44 PM
Gyrate Gyrate is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Nov 2000
Location: Deepest South London
Posts: 20,448
Quote:
Originally Posted by lieu View Post
The South Korean government has granted approval to begin construction on the world's first "invisible" tower.
<snip>
It will be built just outside of Seoul near the Incheon International Airport.


"What could go wrong?" indeed.
Anyone else thinking of the Simpsons Stonecutters epsiode, where they paint a building sky blue?
  #6  
Old 09-12-2013, 03:26 PM
Labrador Deceiver Labrador Deceiver is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Atlanta, GA
Posts: 7,713
In all seriousness, can you imagine what all of the N. Korean defectors will think when one of the first things they see upon entering S. Korea is a mostly invisible skyscraper? That will really hammer home how much they've been lied to over the past 60 years.

Minds. blown.

Last edited by Labrador Deceiver; 09-12-2013 at 03:26 PM.
  #7  
Old 09-12-2013, 06:48 PM
aruvqan aruvqan is offline
Charter Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Eastern Connecticut
Posts: 16,462
Quote:
Originally Posted by lieu View Post
The South Korean government has granted approval to begin construction on the world's first "invisible" tower.
<snip>
It will be built just outside of Seoul near the Incheon International Airport.


"What could go wrong?" indeed.
After it is finished remind me NOT to fly into Seoul Airport ...
  #8  
Old 09-12-2013, 11:06 PM
Grumman Grumman is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Australia
Posts: 8,508
Quote:
Originally Posted by aruvqan View Post
After it is finished remind me NOT to fly into Seoul Airport ...
It's not flying into the airport you should be worried about.
  #9  
Old 09-13-2013, 04:09 AM
aruvqan aruvqan is offline
Charter Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Eastern Connecticut
Posts: 16,462
Quote:
Originally Posted by Grumman View Post
It's not flying into the airport you should be worried about.
True, while flying towards the airport one needs to be worried about flying into the building ...
  #10  
Old 09-13-2013, 09:49 AM
Diceman Diceman is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Mar 1999
Location: Suburbs of Detroit, MI
Posts: 9,859
Quote:
Originally Posted by lieu View Post
The South Korean government has granted approval to begin construction on the world's first "invisible" tower.
<snip>
It will be built just outside of Seoul near the Incheon International Airport.


"What could go wrong?" indeed.
I think we can safely assume that nobody in charge of the approval process thought of this. I'd love to be a fly on the wall when it finally occurs to someone during a meeting
  #11  
Old 09-13-2013, 10:24 AM
yellowjacketcoder yellowjacketcoder is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Atlanta
Posts: 3,088
My first thought was "that will be ungodly expensive", and I would be totally unsurprised if, halfway through construction, they quietly drop the LED screens.

My second thought was that 1000 foot tall LED screens would be a hell of an advertising platform.
  #12  
Old 09-13-2013, 10:32 AM
robert_columbia robert_columbia is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Posts: 8,791
Impossible! No building that small has a cloaking device!
  #13  
Old 09-13-2013, 10:42 AM
kayaker kayaker is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Western Pennsylvania
Posts: 27,654
Back when Invisible Fences (R) first became popular, I flirted with the idea of starting an installation service. I'd show up at the homeowners place with my trencher, tools, and supplies. Once they left for work, I would head home, having installed an "invisible fence".
  #14  
Old 09-13-2013, 10:56 AM
Joey P Joey P is online now
Charter Member
 
Join Date: Jun 1999
Location: Milwaukee, WI
Posts: 26,844
ISTM this is only going to be invisible from a specific angle. If I look at it from the ground and see 'sky' then a person looking at it from the top floor of a 30 story high rise is also going to see 'sky' when they should be seeing 'ground', same goes for an airplane flying nearby. In the pictures, they showed what one would see looking straight on, which isn't what you should see if you were looking at it from the ground, or from the ground 100 feet away, or from the ground a mile away.
I wonder how they're going to tackle that.

I wonder if, like yellowjacketcoder said, it's going to run ads and they just stuck some cameras on the opposite sides for fun since that wouldn't add a whole lot to the cost when you consider what the LED screens cost.
  #15  
Old 09-13-2013, 11:09 AM
Boyo Jim Boyo Jim is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: Madison, WI
Posts: 36,997
This has made my list of Worst Ideas of 2013!
  #16  
Old 09-13-2013, 12:03 PM
Pixel_Dent Pixel_Dent is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Raleigh, NC
Posts: 1,105
In all seriousness, radio towers as tall as this building are already very difficult to see when you're flying. In particular the guy wires are virtually invisible and can extend farther out from the tower than you might expect. That's why they have flashing lights and are noted on charts. I can't imagine this building would be any worse.
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:23 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

Send questions for Cecil Adams to: cecil@straightdope.com

Send comments about this website to: webmaster@straightdope.com

Terms of Use / Privacy Policy

Advertise on the Straight Dope!
(Your direct line to thousands of the smartest, hippest people on the planet, plus a few total dipsticks.)

Publishers - interested in subscribing to the Straight Dope?
Write to: sdsubscriptions@chicagoreader.com.

Copyright 2018 STM Reader, LLC.

 
Copyright © 2017