Architecture + Interior Designers, AnL Studio ( Keehyun Ahn and Minsoo Lee) have designed a public Viewpoint called OceanScope in Incheon, South Korea. The project was made from recycled materials , including old shipping containers .
The containers are re-used for temporary shelters, they are used in habitually in many rural areas of Korea, simply because they are very cheap. However, we are starting to notice a new approach in the use of these metal containers , based on the harmonious relationship with their environment and a better design .
OceanScope is an initiative of the mayor of the city of Incheon , which has one of the largest ports in Korea. The proposal trys to promote the use of the public spaces and searchs for a new functional aesthetic that can be merged into the rural landscape .
The viewpoint is composed of five recycled containers, three for the observatory and two used as temporary exhibition galleries. Instead of stacking them or putting them on a linear alignment, the architects wanted to create a new architectural and sculptural landmark for the area.
The OceanScope is located at a strategic point, in order to focus on the sunset over the sea. To overcome the limitation of a normal building where the floor level is too low to see the sunset , the containers are inclined at various angles ( 10 ‘ 30 ’50’ ) , allowing the users to rise to the upper levels through the different sequences to obtain the best view of the sea.