The pavilion outside the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA) in Korea might resemble abstract art from afar, but when viewed upside-down it should look more familiar. That’s because the structure is made from the repurposed hull of an old ship, Dezeen reports.

The building, dubbed Temp’L, is the creation of the Korea-based firm Shinslab Architecture. Within its rusty exterior, visitors will find trees, benches, and a spiral staircase leading to a balcony. The design was selected from five finalists competing in this year’s MMCA Young Architects Program contest.

The description from the contest's webpage reads:

“It brings to light the structural simplicity of the ship’s hull and showcases the beauty of industrial materials by retaining the rusty and rough surface of the vessel. […] Sited at the entrance of the museum’s courtyard, the structure welcomes curiosity and invites discovery.”

For a better look at the structure from both the inside and out, check out the images below.

[h/t Dezeen]

All images courtesy of Instagram. 

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