This month's IoP colloquium will be given by a very special guest. In an effort to promote the dialogue of our institute with the world of art and architecture, we have invited world-renowned architect Asif Khan to visit us and tell us about his work.
Asif is a London-based architect who works on projects which engage the public in different settings, from cultural buildings to landscapes, exhibitions and installations. His practice investigates how technology, matter, nature and human sensibility can be utilised to define and enhance the atmosphere and specificity of place and space. And how material and social innovations can fundamentally alter the way people experience and shape their environment.
Current major projects include the forthcoming new Museum of London at West Smithfield. Notable projects include the ‘MegaFaces’ pavilion at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics which won the Cannes Lion Grand Prix for Innovation, the Coca-Cola Beatbox at London 2012 Olympics, a finalist entry in the international competition for the new Guggenheim Museum Helsinki from 1700 anonymous designs, and a Summer pavilion for the Serpentine Gallery which was located in Kensington Gardens, London during Summer 2016. Most recently he designed the award winning UK Pavilion at Astana Expo 2017.
A project of particular interest for physicists is the temporary pavilion he built for Hyundai, that has been described as the world’s largest continuous “nanostructure”: the building has been sprayed with a coating of Vantablack Vbx2, a super-black material that absorbs 99% of the light that hits its surface, creating the illusion of a void, “like a nano-scale coral reef”. Rods tipped with tiny white lights protrude from the "super-black" parabolic curves of all four sides of the pavilion, giving the impression of stars suspended against the darkness of space. For more information, see https://vimeo.com/255350104
We hope to see many of you on Thursday at 4pm at what promises to be a very special colloquium!
Drinks after the colloquium will be served at the 'Academische Kwartier' (bar in C-hall).