Hyundai’s Presence at PyeongChang Winter Olympics Includes Blackest Building in the World
If you’re in PyeongChang for the 2018 Winter Olympics, you’ll find a city filled with fascinating sights and architectural wonders specially made for the global games. one of the highlights is the Hyundai Pavilion, which has achieved the status of being the blackest building in history. Here’s what that means, how it was achieved, and why Hyundai did it.
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Why Hyundai’s Vantablack Pavilion Is Fascinating Scientists and Artists
Architect Asif Khan and his London-based firm had the daring idea to coat Hyundai’s Pavilion at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics in Vantablack, the darkest shade of black pigment in the world that absorbs 99% of all visible light. Without going into the technical details, the spray-paint Vantablack VBx 2 was applied to the building’s exterior surface, which was then covered in rods with illuminated tips that appear like stars in the void—precisely mirroring the view into space from that point on the Earth.
In an interview with World Architecture News, Khan explained, “From a distance the structure has the appearance of a window looking into the depths of outer space. 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.”
The entire building is breathtaking, to say the least. This ambitious undertaking is meant to promote awareness of Hyundai’s hydrogen fuel cell technology, including its brand-new NEXO FCV SUV. The dark exterior represents the universe, where hydrogen originates, and the moving water droplets reflect the hydrogen molecules that help power vehicles like the NEXO.
This pavilion is certainly a unique and artistic way for Hyundai to promote its innovations; it’s captured the attention of many scientists and architects around the world.
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News Source: World Architecture News