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Architecture: The darkest building in the world

February 9 in Pyeongchang, where the Winter Olympic Games are held, the “first super black building” – the pavilion of the British architect Asif Khan (Asif Khan), made of the material Vantablack , will open .

Material Vantablack is the blackest of all known substances, for the first time it was presented by scientists of the National Physical Laboratory of Great Britain in 2015. It is made of nanotubes located on aluminum foil, and when photons enter the material, they do not reflect, but turn into heat. The material absorbs 99% of the light because of the absence of reflected color, the human eye perceives it as a black hole – as if there is nothing in place of the substance. Because of this, voluminous objects are perceived as flat.

The pavilion will be covered with small light bars creating the illusion of a star placer. According to the architect’s idea, it should resemble a space that is looked at from the Earth – because of visual dissonance, a “stunning” feeling of “infinite space” will be created.

From a distance, the design will look like a view from a window that opens into outer space. When you approach it, this feeling will grow, and when you enter the building you will get the impression that a cloud of darkness has absorbed you.

Asif Khan
architect

Inside the pavilion there is a spacious “water room” – a multi-touch installation that spits out 25 thousand drops of water per minute. Drops will flow through the gutters, through which you can walk, and then get into the “lake”, which dries up and appears again, “then returning, then disappearing from the viewer’s view.” Visitors will be able to interact with sensors and give them a rhythm.\

The water installation inside the pavilion is all white and brightly lit. After the eyes get used, you can feel that small drops of water are like stars. All visitors know what size water droplets are. I wanted to move from space measurements to the size of water droplets in a few steps. Drops contain the same hydrogen as the stars, from the very beginning of the universe.

Asif Khan
architect

The pavilion was commissioned by Hyundai Motor, this is part of the project to improve people’s mobility. The second project Hyundai – a car on hydrogen fuel cells, both ideas reflect a successful future. The black facade of the building embodies the breadth of the universe, and the water installation – hydrogen molecules that collide with each other, like in the company’s new car.

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