The huge metal structure creates an unusually shaped pavilion in the entrance courtyard of Korea's National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA), which has its main site in Gwacheon but has an outpost in Seoul. Behind its rough and rusty exterior, the arching structure provides a public resting space filled with trees and plants. Shinslab calls the project Temp'L. Its aim is to demonstrate how objects that have lost their function may still have value, and promote the beauty in utilitarian mass-produced objects.
"Temp'L is designed from the recycled steel parts from an old ship. It shows not only a beauty of structure, but it has also a recycling purpose" said the team, which is led by architect Shin Hyung-Chul.
"Any great cultural vestiges can lose their function. In the same way, a material can also lose its original value over time," they added. "The fact that the destiny of cultural relics is to be dismantled, should make us reflect upon what we need to consider for future generations."