Architects have skewed the industrial items to create multi-purpose structures in South Korea's newest plaza

In the past several years, architects and designers have widely explored applications for shipping containers, with results ranging from humble animal shelters and changing rooms to high-end retail spaces. Leading the pack, a Dutch firm recently designed an entire “extended family” of structures which seek to further reinterpret the shape and possible functions of the industrial boxes.

As designboom reports, two designs by NL architects have been chosen for realization in Seoul’s futuristic, landmark complex Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP), built by internationally renowned architect Zaha Hadid. Under the supervision of architect Young Joon Kim of yo2, who manages the use of public space at DDP, ten architecture and design houses were invited to contribute three kiosks each to the project. The kiosks are meant to “house exhibitions, commercial activity, information centers, and surveillance rooms.”

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