About urbantainer

a fun container for the city. 

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In 2009, URBANTAINER started out with the mission to fill a gap in Seoul’s design scene. Fueled by the concept of design as a weapon for infusing the city with a new kind of creative energy, the studio soon became an integral part of the emerging EDM club scene, early viral marketing campaigns and the steady rise of modular architecture. URBANTAINER has two main centers of gravity, ESB (Entertainment Space Branding) and MAP (Modular Architecture Platform). The ESB team is responsible for the company’s award winning pop-up shops and some of Seoul’s most successful EDM clubs. The MAP team specialises in modular architecture based on ISO container frame modules. In all of URBANTAINER’s projects business thinking, constant R&D and a deep design sense for vibrant urban spaces come together to turn great ideas into amazing, real spaces.

 

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"Today, urbantainer has carved out a space as one of the leading Space Branding companies in Korea."

Leadership

 

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 JIWON BAIK
Founder, C.E.O


From early on, Jiwon baik worked on integrating design and technology. As an architecture student, he researched HCI and VR design computing applications and developed the computer graphics portal site cgland.com. After university, he ran one-man studio Renovista for eight years before he founded URBANTAINER in 2009.

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 YOUNJIN JEONG
Co-Founder, Creative Director


Based on the design philosophy that “ultimately, all design becomes communication”, and a collaborative approach to the profession, Younjin Jeong co-founded URBANTAINER in 2009 and is the company’s Creative Director. Before URBANTAINER, she worked at VOID Planning between 2002 and 2006, and set up her first design studio UNIQUE DESIGN MIND. Apart from designing spaces, she published the photo book “Stimulate reason with emotions” and worked as Art Director, not only for Seoul Design Festival, but also for numerous exhibitions and films.

 

 

Culture and Values

Our way of dealing with projects is led by the DCT mindset, always looking for the sweet spot between Design, Culture and Technology to create the most authentic experiences for the visitors.

 

Award

 

2012  Red Dot Design Award  Communication
            IDEA Award  International Design Excellence Award
            iF Design Award Communication

2011  it Award Design Leader's Choice
           Korea Design Award Space Design

2010  DAM Prize of the German Architecture Museum
            Red Dot Design Award Communication
            Red Dot Design Award Architecture and Interior Design 

2009  32nd Korean Institue of Architecture
            Beautiful Architecture in Gangnam Award