Shinslab Architecture has transformed an old corroded ship into a spectacular green building.


Located at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea (MMCA) in Seoul, Temp'L (Temporary Temple) is built from the recycled steel parts of an old ship.

It brings to light the structural simplicity of the ship's hull and showcases the beauty of industrial materials by retaining the rusty and rough surface of the vessel. A massive metal structure is placed upside down and hollowed out, revealing a resting place surrounded by vegetation. The ship's original interior is replaced with minimal structural reinforcements that maintain its shape while simultaneously acting as seating for visitors.

Sited at the entrance of the museum's courtyard, the structure welcomes curiosity and invites discovery. At a similar scale to the buildings that surround it, Temp'L is transformed from a simple object to a monumental building, a striking figure alongside the vernacular Korean architecture of the neighborhood.

The project is the winning pavilion selected by the 2016 Seoul Young Architects Program (YAP).

Dec. 21, 2016 Living photo: Shinslab Architecture

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