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Oceanscope / AnL studio

  • 00:00 - 24 March, 2010
Oceanscope / AnL studio
Oceanscope / AnL studio, © AnL Studio
© AnL Studio

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Song-do New City, Incheon, South Korea
  • Architects

    AnL Studio / Keehyun Ahn, Minsoo Lee
  • Planning & Producing

    Chang Gil-Hwang, Kim Yong-Bae
  • Construction Team

    Ju Kwon-Jung, Choi Hui-hyun, Kim Chung-bong, Lee Seung-Ho, Park Kwon-ui, Kang Jung-Tae, Ham Yun-Ki
  • Client

    Incheon Metropolitan City, South Korea
  • Building area

    91 sqm
  • Area

    350.0 sqm
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

From the architect. Architecture+Interior Designers, AnL Studio(Keehyun Ahn & Minsoo Lee) have designed a public observatory deck, called Oceanscope, in Incheon, Korea made of recycled materials, including old shipping containers.

Oceanscope / AnL studio, © AnL Studio
© AnL Studio

The used containers are re-purposed and recycled for a temporary shelter in many rural areas in Korea simply because it is inexpensive.However, indiscreet uses of these commercial metal-box products that don't have harmonious relationships with their surroundings are causing an unsuccessful outcome in rural environments.

© AnL Studio
© AnL Studio

With these issues in mind, OceanScope is an initiative from the Mayor of Incheon City, which has one of the biggest ports in Korea. OceanScope aims to find unused containers' potential of practical re-use for public space and to provide the bleak containers with new functional aesthetics that can be assimilated within rural landscapes.

© AnL Studio
© AnL Studio

Oceanscope consists of 5 recycled containers, which provide Observatory deck(3 containers) as well as temporary exhibition space(2containers). Rather than standardized stack and linear alignment of Container, AnL Studio envisioned an architectural and sculptural landmark embodying various features and function ranging from architectual framing/capturing view and aesthetics associated with the site and the vision of the Incehon City, which is flying.

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To this end, the OceanScope, located in the historic sunset place of Incheon city, expresses the dream of establishing an observatory deck purposed on sustainable design by renovating the least expensive unused containers.  In order to overcome the limitation of a building site where ground level is too low to view a beautiful sunset, the containers' structure can be leaned at various angles (10' 30' 50'). This will allow citizens to ascend the stairs within different frame and sequence and meet higher positions with diverse viewpoints towards Ocean, New Incheon Bridge and Sunset.

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mohamad amin · November 12, 2012

I very injoy.thanks alot of.

Gabriel R C · September 25, 2011
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Chanju Lee · February 11, 2011

I really like this work.

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pris · July 21, 2010

anyone knows its exact address? trying to find it on google earth, but there are just too many ports in incheon, i cant find it at all. i really need it for uni homework. thanks.

Jihwan Moon · July 06, 2010

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red dot award:product design 2010
red dot:best of best

Oceanscope by AnL studio

christian olavesen · May 05, 2010
Francisco Porto · March 29, 2010
that's what she · March 26, 2010

what? really? are you serious?...NICE!

up_today_arch · March 25, 2010

Actually, I'm not sure, that libeskind windows ore zaha curves are realy exist. It ia general process of architecture, all of us inside this process and can catch separate idea...

Frederic Louis · March 25, 2010

Very neat design. A nice way to experiment with containers.

There are more than enough empty containers for such architecture.

Architist · March 25, 2010

Now.. that we can describe it has an architecture creations.

DiloCimon · March 25, 2010

I think it is very fresh project. isn't it? I like it

funsho parrot · March 25, 2010

looks like a space cannon.....boooom!!!

Grimaud Matthieu · March 25, 2010

RT @archdaily: Oceanscope / AnL studio

SWG STUDIO · March 25, 2010

Observatory deck made of recycled materials & old shipping containers in South Korea.

Adam · March 25, 2010

Neat! A container structure that doesn't feel like a container. Just don't pronounce the studio's name phonetically.

Architekt R V Scholz · March 25, 2010

#architekt Oceanscope / AnL studio: © AnL Studio
Architects: AnL Studio / Keehyun Ahn, Minsoo ... #in

larcencielle · March 25, 2010

A daunting design for the Korean firm but it has the iconic "libeskind" window on the the containers.

Not very original

Devorac · March 26, 2010 02:53 AM

not really, I don't see "Libeskind's window". It has similar shape, but from different approaching.

bLogHouse · March 25, 2010 08:46 PM

the 'libeskind' window here makes sense.

Jaenne S · March 25, 2010

RT @archdaily: Oceanscope / AnL studio

Michael Finch · March 25, 2010

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@tomasfaria · March 25, 2010

Bom demais isso dai!!!!

ArchitecturePassion · March 25, 2010

Oceanscope / AnL studio: © AnL Studio Architects: AnL Studio / Keehyun Ahn, Minsoo Lee Location: Song-do New Ci..

Fabiola Johann Braun · March 25, 2010

#design #architecture #arquitetura RT @archdaily Oceanscope / AnL studio


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