Tuesday, July 21


Concept Design: Platoon Cultural Development
Location: 97-22, Nonhyeon-dong, Gangnam-gu,Seoul, Korea
Architectural Consultancy: Graft Architects + Baik Jiwon
Executive Architect: U-il Architects & Engineers
Prefab Engineering: Ace Special Container, Korea
Structural Engineering: MIDAS IT, Korea
Interior Design: URBANTAINER, Korea
Main Contractor: Hyojung Construction & Development, Korea
Structure: M. Cabestany
Footprint Area: 415 square meters
Main hall Area: 272 square meters
Project year: 2008-2009

The Platoon Cultural Development building is an excellent execution of shipping container architecture by Graft Lab.

The representation of the 28 ISO cargo containers is one of flexible architecture in a globalized culture. The stacked ISO containers form a unique construction that can be rebuilt anywhere else at any time; giving off a sense of mobility. PLATOON KUNSTHALLE is located in Cheongdam an upscale district of Seoul, creating a tension and interaction between the design houses, the luxury brand shops, and the commercial galleries which are near by. PLATOON’s location creates a contradiction between the world of subculture and the world of “culture” and luxury. The interiors give a sense of a revolutionary, urban design with many industrial influences. Perhaps, that is what is intended of the interior and exterior design of the building.
PLATOON aspires at providing a communication platform for street artists, graphic designers, fashion designers, video artists, programmers, musicians, cultural clubbers, political activists and merely anyone who is interested in subculture creative fields. PLATOON KUNSTHALLE isn’t about entertainment; it’s about providing showcases of underground artists, studio residencies and a fine selection of cutting-edge stage performances aiming at introducing the vigorous possibilities of subculture in Korea and Asia.

Exhibitions, movie nights, concerts, multimedia performances, workshops and discussion panels are presented in various formats aiming to present subculture through these special events. While PLATOON KNUSTHALLE gives the young artists from Korea and abroad a unique opportunity of four scholarship programs if they develop creative projects (for more information log on to http://www.kunsthalle.com/). The four showcases are presented in a monthly basis where striking work from the subculture and street art including leading artists of the international urban art scene are viewed.

1 comment:

  1. It's a great efforts by Graft Lab. The Platoon Cultural Development building is an excellent efforts using shipping container into a architecture. By the way is it still exists in Seoul Korea? Once again great efforts by a great architect..!

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