Open House by Raumlabor, South Korea

A cacophony of garden sheds piled on top of one another mark a temporary vertical village in Anyang, South Korea by DomusWeb favourites Raumlabor.

The openHouse project enlisted the building skills of more than 200 local people and Slovenian artist Marjetica Potrc. The architects describe openHouse as an urban prototype for encouraging public use in public spaces of Anyang, Korea.

openHouse is an architectural supportive structure for Anyang. It combines functions for individual desires like workshops and galleries, with the functions of public use and includes a farm, a kitchen and community garden cultivated by residents. It houses multiple programmed spaces artist ateliers, workshop space, a sarang bang, shops, a tea bang, a kids bang, exhibition spaces, spaces for meetings and discussions.

"It's a vertical village, also architecture, but rather a social sculpture. Its design is based on subjective urban studies and is thus, spatially and socially intertwined with the existing urban landscape," explains architect Matthias Rick. The houses including its furnishings, various pieces of furniture, from children's stools to a drafting table, which were all built as a collective."

The process began on 26 July when the construction began on the individual houses, the Bar, the Tea Bang and the Real Estate Planning House, where the Raumlabor Korea team developed and collected ideas for the next months. Meanwhile, a five-storey steel frame structure was being constructed by a construction company ready for the houses to be docked into. In early September, the built houses were lifted by crane onto the platforms and connected to the tower. The project was opened on 2 October. Beatrice Galilee

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