Oceanscope / AnL studio


Architects: AnL Studio / Keehyun Ahn, Minsoo Lee
Location: Song-do New City, Incheon,
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
Site area: 350 sqm
Building area: 91 sqm
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: AnL Studio

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.

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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.

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

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.

© AnL Studio

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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* Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address.
Cite: "Oceanscope / AnL studio" 24 Mar 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 21 Aug 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=53840>


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

    Not very original

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

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    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…

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    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.

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