Hyundai Pavilion, Olympic Winter Games

Pyeongchang, Korea · 2018 with iart

The Olympic Winter Games 2018 are being held in Pyeongchang. Nearby the well-lit Olympic Stadium, a mysterious dark building can be discovered.

When approaching this ultra black pavilion, thousands of stars shine all over its extraordinary facade. The stars - made of LEDs - are positioned at assorted distances, simulating constellations and the extremely dark Vantablack VBX2 coated surface creates a depth effect, turning the whole experience into a glimpse of a starry night.

As a strong contrast to the outer appearance, visitors can find a bright installation on the inside. An immersive corridor leads to a spacious hall with a large concave platform spanning across it. Numerous small tracks are carved into this slope made of Corian.

Single water droplets are running from the outer edge to a lower concentration point. A hydrophobic coating prevents the droplets from dissolving. Thus the droplets roll as spheres through the canals until they reach the central water surface and merge into it.

Droplets can be released interactively by pouring water into bowls and deflecting airstreams coming from openings on the side. These interactions - combined with the overall random droplet generation - create an endless sequence of new patterns.

Asif Khan designed this pavilion for Hyundai at Pyeongchang 2018 Olympic Winter Games. iart brought the building to life with these specially crafted media installations. Within only a 4-month period production, iart planned and realized the installations.

The pavilion is open to the public until 18.03.2018.

Title Hyundai Pavilion for the Olympic Winter Games 2018
Client iart AG
Location Pyeongchang, Korea
Images Stefan Helling

further reading
Project at iart
video by Hyundai
article on dezeen
Scope of Work
site supervision & installation
installing LED systems, supervising local electrician team
detailed design
cable planning, merging information from contracted planners, interface planning
technical concept and scheme design
with focus on facade installations incl. several prototypes, cost calculations and extensive results documentation