π-ville 99 converts discarded containers into experimental extension of korea university
 

π-ville 99 converts discarded containers into experimental extension of korea university

korea university’s π-ville 99 repurposes containers to expand student spaces in seoul. π-ville 99, designed by urban intensity architects is intended to provide additional areas for the univeristy, opening up a completely new type of atmosphere for students. the vacant lot neighboring the university was transformed into an innovative building made of recycled shipping containers.

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front view of the π-ville

 

 

the designers intentionally used disposed containers to keep the original, raw surfaces untouched giving the building an authentic recycled look. although the building appears as a temporary structure, it is meant to stay on site permanently. the composition of the containers create alternating interior and exterior spaces, providing ample balconies as well as enclosed rooms for many purposes.

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the a-block includes a 6m cantilever, which creates high ceiling outdoor space and expandable space

 

 

the stacked building hosts a series of areas suitable for students. the spaces are divided into two main massings: the a-block containing the auditorium, and the b-block with the studio spaces. the a-block includes a cafeteria area, the media room and open spaces for exhibitions. the b-block includes a penthouse, open studios, meeting rooms and classrooms. both main stacks are connected through open walkways generating wide terraces. 

 

 

the building’s vibrant colors reflect the student’s youthful energy. the spaces created by the containers encourage creativity and innovation within the university. the open areas provide a different environment from the conventional closed university buildings. 

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a-block view

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side view

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the metallic finishes, angular handrails and bold colors are consistent throughout the project

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perspective view of the π-ville

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open terraces

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the lecture room is three containers’ width and two containers high, made by removing the dividing walls between the containers

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b-block circulation was designed around courtyard to allow multiple paths

 

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elevation of the building

 

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project info :

 

architect: urban intensity architects (wee jinbok)

location: anam-dong 50-1, seongbuk-gu, seoul, korea

building area: 539.47m2

building scope: a — 4f, b — 5f / height: a — 11.1m, b — 14.4m

structure: steel, container structure

exterior finishing: chlorinated rubber paint

interior finishing: fire resistance gypsum board

design period: dec. 2015 ~ june 2016

construction period: july ~ oct. 2016

 

 

designboom has received this project from our ‘DIY submissions‘ feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication. see more project submissions from our readers here.

 

edited by: cristina gomez | designboom

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