There are many different types of buildings and certain features and aspects make them unique. Like the Burj Khalifa in Dubai is tagged as the tallest building in the world. The Leaning Tower of Pisa is tilted and the Krzywy Domek in Sopot, Poland is crooked, but have you ever heard of a building being the darkest of them all? Yes you read that right, there is a building in South Korea, that has this unique feature that allows it to absorb 99% of light. And what makes the building unique is the fact that this is a temporary pavilion made for the car maker Hyundai by British architect Asif Khan at the Winter Olympics 2018 in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
The material used in the building is made up of millions of carbon nanotubes. These small nanotubes have a unique characteristic that is, it’s about 3,500 times thinner than a single strand of human hair. It is also about 14 and 50 microns long, for your reference, a micron is about 0.001 millimeters. The light gets caught in the nanotubes and is dissipated as heat from the building.
The building is coated with a new and unique material called VantaBlack VBx2. This unique material has the ability to soak up almost 99 per cent of the light that hits its surface. The Guardian quoted sculptor Anish Kapoor, who owns the license of the material, as saying, “this is the blackest material in the universe which literally feels like you could disappear into it”.
The designer of the building Asif Khan’s pavilion at the Winter Olympics has a lot of features such as it has thousands of lights attached to it which gives it a look of the stars as viewed from Earth. It is set in such a way that it creates an illusion that you are floating in space. As per a report in ArchDaily the designer of the building Asif Khan said, “As you come closer to the building, this impression of outer space increases to fill your entire field of view. When entering the building, it seems like you are being absorbed into a cloud of blackness.”