The hull of an old, abandoned ship was freshly given a new life as a spectacular pavilion for the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, in Korea. The abandoned ship is located in Seoul, the Temp’L features the rusted steel vessel magnificently turned upside down and uses its hollowed insides as the setting for lively greenery and soothing seating space.
The “Shinslab” Architecture was the creative brains behind the converted into this structure. Therefore, to transform the hull, they put their efforts first sawed it from the corroded ship and selected to let its raw, reddish exterior remain. Thus, the interior saw the most radical changes, including a fresh coat of white paint, a spiral staircase, a balcony and trees tall enough to meet the ceiling.
The results of the restoration are a visually spectacular collision of rustic and contemporary aesthetics. However, “Shinslab” is hoping that it will inspire peoples to reflect on the act of recycling specially, how it can be perfectly used in architecture. Moreover any great cultural leftovers can lose their function. Further, in the same way, a material can also lose its original value as time passes. But the real fact that the destiny of cultural vestiges is to be dismantled should make us reflect upon what we need to left for future generations.