Platoon Kunsthalle

Creating buildings and spaces out of shipping containers isn’t necessarily a new idea, but I feel like it’s still a field that can be explored more thoroughly. You have things like the illycafe, or Freitag’s beautiful store in Zurich, and to that list I’d like to add Platoon Kunstahlle. This space in Seoul is meant to be many things, an exhibit space, a bar and restaurant, a studio, offices, and even a roof top bar.

While you can still clearly see the shipping containers, the people at Platoon and Graft Architects have done a wonderful job at making it feel like a real, cohesive building. I think if anyone is going to seriously consider living or regularly occupying a space in a shipping container it needs to look less like a shipping container and more like a traditional space. Now they just need to stop building everything cool in Asia and move some of them out here.

Found through ArchDaily

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Bobby Solomon

July 2, 2009 / By

The illycafe, Illy’s Portable, Fold Out Café

Check out this amazing amazing café by designer Adam Kalkin for Illy! The café was made from an old shipping container, Kalkin’s favorite thing to build with, and pretty magically folds out into a beautiful environment in about 90 seconds.

All of the materials used were recycled or recyclable, and the space contains a kitchen, dining room, bathroom, bedroom, living room, and a library. All in one tiny shipping container. Such an amazing idea.
They’re going to be around the Time Warner Center in New York from the end of November till the end of the year.

Link via The Cool Hunter


Bobby Solomon

October 9, 2007 / By