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Beautiful Shipping Container Sunset Observatory Rises in South Korea

Posted By Bridgette Meinhold On February 17, 2010 @ 12:42 am In Architecture,Innovation,Recycled Materials | 2 Comments

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This beautiful sunset observatory made from recycled shipping containers [1] was recently constructed in the harbor of Songdo New City [2] in Incheon, South Korea. Designed and built by AnL Studio [3], “OceanScope” is a composed of five recycled containers [4], each one angled at a different height to provide 3 distinct views of the harbor.

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We often see shipping containers used as inexpensive temporary shelters [5], however they don’t always fit in with the surrounding environment. AnL Studio wanted to focus on the containers themselves as a design element and show others how the sturdy steel building blocks could be attractive as well.

For this project they repurposed five shipping containers [6], installing them on solid concrete foundations at angles of 10, 30, and 50 degrees. Visitors to the harbor can walk into each container and see a different view from each one. Metal stairs were installed inside each container, and cuts along the outside walls serve as viewing windows.

+ AnL Studio [3]

Via Deezen [7]

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URLs in this post:

[1] recycled shipping containers: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/01/22/container-city-in-mexico-is-eachntertainment-hot-spot/

[2] Songdo New City: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/09/04/songdo-ibd-south-koreas-new-eco-city/

[3] AnL Studio: http://www.minsooframe.com/

[4] recycled containers: http://inhabitat.com../recycledmaterials

[5] inexpensive temporary shelters: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/01/29/flat-pack-prefabs-could-provide-relief-in-haiti/

[6] shipping containers: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/02/08/collapsible-cargoshell-shipping-container-cuts-emissions/

[7] Deezen: http://www.dezeen.com/2010/02/15/oceanscope-by-anl-studio/

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