Asif Khan Designs World’s Darkest Building for the Winter Olympics

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“I could, and did, stare at the facade for hours,” says the British architect of the temporary pavilion, painted in Vantablack.


“Vantablack, the darkest chemical substance on earth, inspires a rare kind of primal fascination. When applied to physical objects, the material renders them intangible, turning solid bodies into glitches in reality, or black holes in space. The darkness of Vantablack is best experienced in person, akin to old-world curiosities such as a wunderkammer or Ripley’s Believe It or NotIt’s appropriate, then, that its first architectural outing is at this month’s Winter Olympic games, the contemporary circus par excellencein PyeongChang, South Korea…”

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