South Korea – Car manufacturer Hyundai Motor has commissioned architect Asif Khan to create a visual representation of its latest technology: a Hydrogen Fuel Cell vehicle, which runs on electricity produced from chemical reactions.
Installed at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games, the temporary structure has been painted with Vantablack VBx2 – a substance that absorbs over 99% of light – and dotted with pin pricks of light. Resembling stars in a void, the lights on the outside represent the chemical element on a grandiose scale.
Encased within the pavilion is a vast 'water room' - a hydrophobic installation that emits 25,000 singular water droplets every minute, to represent hydrogen at a more human scale, as two atoms of hydrogen bond with one oxygen atom to form water.
Like creative studio FIELD's digital interpretations of algorithms, Khan's work aims to visualise intangible technologies in a bid to familiarise consumers with advances in technology.