Platoon Kunsthalle / Platoon + Graft Architects

Concept Design: Platoon Cultural Development
Location: ,
Architectural Consultancy: Graft Architects + Baik Jiwon
Executive Architect: U-il Architects & Engineers
Prefab Engineering: Ace special container, Korea
Structural Engineering: MIDAS IT, Korea
Interior Design: URBANTAINER, Korea
Main Contractor: Hyojung construction & development, Korea
Program: Exhibitions, Bar & Restaurant, Event Hall, Artist Studios, Library Lounge, Office Studios, Workshop Room, Roof Top Bar
Structure: M. Cabestany
Footprint Area: 415 sqm
Main hall Area: 272 sqm
Project year: 2008-2009
Photographs: Platoon

construction process

PLATOON KUNSTHALLE opened its doors on 11th april 2009. PLATOON KUNSTHALLE is set up in seoul as a space for subculture in Asia. its programmatic orientation towards cultural movements beneath the radar creates a dynamic space where new ideas are born and presented.

The platoon Europe headquarters in berlin was established in 2000. it runs diverse culture and communication projects in cooperation with an international community of 3,500 creatives from all different professions.

first floor plan

PLATOON KUNSTHALLE is not about entertainment. The program will provide a communication platform for anybody interested in subcultural creative fields like street art, graphic design, fashion, video art, programming, music, club culture, political activism etc.

PLATOON KUNSTHALLE is built of 28 iso cargo containers. As icons of a flexible architecture in a globalized culture, the stacked containers form a unique construction that can be rebuilt anywhere else any time.

construction process

As PLATOON KUNSTHALLE is located in the upscale cheongdam area the confrontation of subculture with the close-by design houses, commercial galleries and luxury brand stores creates a tension and interaction between the two worlds.

PLATOON KUNSTHALLE provides showcases of underground artists, studio residencies and a fine selection of cutting-edge stage performances to introduce the energetic potential of subculture in Korea and Asia.

Subculture at PLATOON KUNSTHALLE is presented in different formats like exhibitions, movie nights, concerts and multimedia performances, workshops, discussion panels and special events. the four scholarship programs give young upcoming artists from Korea and abroad the opportunity to develop creative projects at the PLATOON KUNSTHALLE. the four showcases present every month striking works from the subculture and streetart field including leading artists of the international urban art scene.

NOTE: Graft assisted Platoon in the architectural development of the Kunsthalle, which is based on the signature container modules as developed by Platoon for their first container setup in Berlin. The optimized arrangement of the containers in Seoul was developed in brainstorming sessions between Platoon and Graft and developed and illustrated by Graft.
The interior design finishes and furniture are developed by Platoon and Baik Jiwon.

Cite: "Platoon Kunsthalle / Platoon + Graft Architects" 02 Jul 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed 26 Oct 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=27386>
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  • Matt

    Would love to hear about the cost of the project…

  • richie

    nice.
    the square is a basic and simple shape, is one of the best human portray of perfection.
    Thank u for the simplicity.

  • zoso

    Love the lighting, color, and simplicity. Also would like to know the cost of this project

  • Nathan

    This is possibly the best shipping container project I’ve ever seen. Very, very nice.

  • bolongo

    can you believe it? … a really cool graft project without weird wannabe forms, …. go on.

    • YOURMom’s Lover

      spot on!

      • ev

        I think this has something to do with the Korean architect, Baik Ji Won of Urbantainer – his work has no wannabe forms.. ^^

  • Travis

    I’m really impressed with the space they’ve created out of such a simple unit. Also, it seems like an appropriate space to engage with contemporary works of art – neither slick nor nostalgic. Well restrained.

  • Travis

    I’m really impressed with the space they’ve created out of such a simple unit. Also, it seems like an appropriate space to engage with contemporary works of art – it’s neither slickly overdone nor brownstone nostalgic (the appropriated backdrop). Well restrained. Great work!

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  • http://www.luisberriosnegron.org Lüis

    Have been watching this project from close and from afar, and I am very impressed with its resolution… Lots of people talk the talk… The Platoon crew has been walkin´ the walk for a long while now… They have managed to formulate a strange, tangible, truly contemporary intersection between activism and media that is all-too-often underestimated… mixing it up with the Graft antiarchitects sounds genius to me… excellent work and look forward to its adaptations, mobility, so that it does not get eventually accused of using the containers as branding… Relentless Platoon, RELENTLESS!

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  • Palau

    it’s outstanding what architecture achives with a little bit of good taste and some cheap containers to create such complex, it’ll be great to have the oportunity to go there and feel the industrial essence of this project…. great post …..

  • http://www.architects.pe.kr/ sungjae

    U-IL ARCHITECTS & ENGINEERS WORK !!!!!!!!!!!

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  • http://www.platoon.org christoph

    ONE THING PLATOON.KUNSTHALLE wANTS TO CLARIFY:

    ARCHITECTURAL FACTS

    concept design: PLATOON cultural development
    architectural consultancy: GRAFT architects + Baik Jiwon
    executive architect: U-il Architects & Engineers
    prefab engineering: Ace special container, Korea
    structural engineering: MIDAS IT, Korea
    interior design: URBANTAINER, Korea
    main contractor: Hyojung construction & development, Korea
    location: 97-22, Nonhyeon-dong, Gangnam-gu,Seoul, Korea

    NOTE: Graft assisted Platoon in the architectural development of the Kunsthalle, which is based on the signature container modules as developed by Platoon for their first container setup in Berlin. The optimized arrangement of the containers in Seoul was developed in brainstorming sessions between Platoon and Graft and developed and illustrated by Graft.
    The interior design finishes and furniture are developed by Platoon and Baik Jiwon.

    • http://www.platoon.org hyun-jeong kim

      and the photos were done by PLATOON and Myeong-Rae Park

      • http://www.aligraham.co.uk Ali graham

        Does anyone know who the photographer is that took the images of the finished building. Really like some of them would be great to get prints.

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  • Soley

    This is the first really intersting cargo container project if have ever seen. I can even say that its the most interesting project that has been published on this community for some time. It seams truly contemporary in concept and beutifullly executed in detail. My only concern is that its a bit to plastic of an environment. An integrated greenhouse would have been nice!

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