Asif Khan unveils the darkest building on earth for 2018 Winter Olympics

February 8, 2018 by  
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British-based architect Asif Khan unveiled a super-black pavilion at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics that he describes as the “darkest building on earth.” Built for Hyundai Motor, the temporary Pyeongchang Olympic Park pavilion is fully coated in Vantablack VBx2—a material that can absorb 99 percent of the light that hits its surface. As a result, the pavilion looks like a gaping black void even in broad daylight. Standing at 10 meters (33 feet) tall, the 2018 Winter Olympics Hyundai Motor pavilion draws inspiration from the automotive company’s technology and offers a unique interactive experience. Khan attached thousands of tiny white lights to the super-black parabolic facades, evoking images of a starry night sky. The steel-framed building measures 35 meters (115 feet) by 35 meters. In contrast to the super-dark facade, the interior is a brightly lit white room housing a multi-sensory interactive water installation. Haptic sensors allow visitors to interact with the hydrophobic installation that emits 25,000 singular water droplets per minute; the water droplets zoom down channels, collide, split, and eventually pool into a drain. “From a distance the structure has the appearance of a window looking into the depths of outer space,” said Khan. “As you approach it, this impression grows to fill your entire field of view. So on entering the building, it feels as though you are being absorbed into a cloud of blackness.” Related: Video: Anish Kapoor’s “Decension” is a black vortex in the floor of an old movie theater He continues: “The water installation visitors discover inside is brightly lit in white. As your eyes adjust, you feel for a moment that the tiny water drops are at the scale of the stars. A water droplet is a size every visitor is familiar with. In the project I wanted to move from the scale of the cosmos to the scale of water droplets in a few steps. The droplets contain the same hydrogen from the beginning of the universe as the stars.” The 2018 Winter Olympics Hyundai Motor Pavilion will open at the Pyeongchang 2018 Opening Ceremony on February 9, 2018. + Asif Khan Via WAN Images via Luke Hayes

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Futuristic Urban Algae Folly grows food, fuel and shade

June 2, 2015 by  
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Read the rest of Futuristic Urban Algae Folly grows food, fuel and shade Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: algae , algae canopy , bio-digital design , carbon sequestration , eco design , EcoLogicStudio , food , fuel and design , futuristic design , green design , interactive pavilion , microalgae , milan expo 2015 , Spirulina , sustainable design , the future of food is green , urban algae canopy , urban algae folly

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A Group of Delft Tech Students Get Crafty and Build an Interactive Modular Pavilion from Wood

May 25, 2012 by  
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A group of inspired students at the Technical University in Delft recently designed an  interactive modular installation made completely out of wood. Dubbed modii , the small pavilion was designed as an open script that the public could reproduce or change to make their own version or replica. Every part of the design is interchangeable and easily fixable if broken.  modii ‘s structure is completely digitally fabricated and each and every component is unique. The pavilion consists of 96 unique cones and the structure is entirely self-supporting . The script was created by a student Thijs van der Lely with the help of Han Feng for the Minor Interactive Environments, a multidisciplinary minor of Architecture, Industrial Design and Computer Sciences. + Project Modii The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Han Feng , interactive pavilion , modii , modular interactive installation , pavilion design , Technical University in Delft , Thijs van der Lely , wood pavilion

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