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Asif Khan unwraps Sochi Olympic 3D 'selfie' pavilion

Asif Khan’s has released thses images of the MegaFaces pavilion at this year’s Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia

Built at the entrance to the Sochi Olympic Park, the 2,000m² pavilion features a ‘kinetic façade’ that can create 3D images.

During the Games facade will display faces of visitors to the park, which will be scanned at photo booths within the pavilion.

The ‘selfie’ structure will remain up until the end of the Sochi 2014 Paralympics on 16 March before moving to Moscow.

Architect’s view

Asif Khan, founder, Asif Khan

‘For thousands of years people have used portraiture to record their history on the landscape, buildings and through public art. I’m inspired by the way the world is changing around us and how architecture can respond to it.

“Selfies”,”emoticons”, “Facebook” and “FaceTime” have become universal shorthand for communicating in the digital age. My instinct was to try and harness that immediacy in the form of sculpture; to turn the everyday moment into something epic.

I’ve been thinking of this as a kind of digital platform to express emotion, at the scale of architecture.’

Asif Khan - Sochi

Asif Khan - Sochi

Project data

Concept, design & architecture Asif Khan
Interactive engineer iart
Structural engineer AKTII
Services engineer Atelier 10
QS / project management Davis Langdon
Local architect Progress
Digital architect Progress
Client Megafon
Agency Axis

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