South Korean Shipping Containers Repurposed For Optimum Sunset Observatory

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Shipping containers in my mind are forever associated with grim situations seen in TV shows like Dexter or The Wire, but in South Korea they can also be observatories for viewing sunsets.

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Erected on the harbor of Songdo New City in Incheon, five shipping containers were recycled and placed together aiming sky-wards for the best possible glimpse of the close of daylight. They're angled at either 10, 30 or 50 degrees, offering various views across the water, with stairs and ramps inside so people can walk through them. [ANL Studio via Deezen via Inhabitat]

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In South Africa there are some serious housing issues in the poorer areas. There is an aid organization that has repurposed them into homes. On further investigation it looks like it's become an international phenomenon even the wealthy are finding ways to turn these containers into something for more upscale living.

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