Shipping containers on docklands are no surprise, but Korean designers Minsoo Lee and Keehyun Ahn of AnL Studio break the mold with Ocean Scope, a public observatory that uses these modular steel stacks as a key design element. Since its completion in February 2010, the unusual architecture is fast becoming a landmark of Incheon. Nestled by the futuristic waterfront of Songdo International City, the 91-square-meter structure features five containers in total: three, inclined at angles of 10, 30 and 50 degrees, respectively, have ascending stairwells that lead to panoramic vistas of the harbor below, while another two serve as exhibition spaces for art shows. The upshot? Not only does the building resonate powerfully with Incheon’s status as one of South Korea’s busiest ports, but it also offers spectacular views of the illuminated Incheon Bridge at night.
30-9 Songdo-dong (near Central Park),
Yeonsu-gu, Incheon, South Korea