Asif Khan’s super-black pavilion for Hyundai at the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games was an immensely brave and pure architectural project. The structure’s 10-metre-high parabolic facades were coated with a super black material: Vantablack VBx2 making it the world’s largest continuous nanostructure. Inside the 35m x 35m structure, a vast multi-sensory hydrophobic water installation captured visitors imaginations and moved the experience from the infinite scale of the cosmos to the scale of water droplets in a few steps.
Alchemy was appointed by Asif Khan to provide design management services as part of the integrated project delivery team.
Delivery of this complex project in such a short period of time was only possible through an integrated delivery model. Key subcontractors (building coating, façade, interactive hydrophobic installation) were integrated within the team to fast-track the design and manufacturing phases and enable the fastest possible start on site. A key factor in the project’s success was Asif Khan’s Studio’s innovation and incredibly robust approach to iterative testing and prototyping.
Republic of Korea
The project was delivered to more than 2.5 million athletes, within the Olympic park.
Both projects were exceptionally delivered with meticulous attention to detail, against extremely challenging deadlines…they respect the project concept and the design goals….get the job done so that everyone is happy