The “Darkest Building on Earth” at the 2018 Winter Olympics

British architect, Asif Khan, unveiled an art installation at the South Korea 2018 Winter Olympics called the PyeongChang Winter Olympics pavilion. The structure is coated in a substance called Vantablack VBx2, which is a “light-absorbing pigmented coating” that seems to “suck” all light into it like the void of a black hole. As a result, to the human eye, the building looks blacker than black. The shape of the building seems to distort as you walk around it due to the way the Vantablack coating removes light and shadow. Small black coated rods with tiny white lights on the tips adorn the various surfaces of the structure. As a viewer walks around the building, each light seems to move independently from each other as they are all on rods at varying lengths and angles, and the Vantablack hides the rods themselves from the human eye. This gives the impression that you are viewing a section of outer space ripped into view at ground level.


Once you walk into the structure, you travel through a dark hallway into a stark white and futuristic inner room lined with Corian. The interior is another art installation utilizing thousands of water droplets traveling along very thin, intricately laid out channels milled into the Corian surface.


I imagine seeing this structure in person must be truly remarkable. Sadly I was no where near South Korea during the Winter Olympics, so I will only be able to enjoy the installation through photographs which surely do not do it justice.


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By Chris

Senior Front-end Developer