Empty Building, Turning into Cultural Space
Regenerated space in Incheon to enjoy culture
From run-down factories to inns, abandoned hospitals, the neglected spaces of Incheon have been revived. That is, for other uses. The regenerated spaces, given a new life as cultural spaces, such as art museums and cafes, are presenting a comfortable cultural life to citizens while preserving their former appearance.
- The space is divided into café, park, and art museum. (Whole view)
- The three inns have been reborn into different spaces.
Passing the narrow alley between buildings to reach ‘Baedari Art Stay 1930.’
Multi-purpose Cultural Resting Space
‘Baedari Art Stay 1930’
The alley of inns, which was formed in the Baedari area of Incheon in the late 19th century, lost its spirit after people left. However, two years ago, three inns (Giljo, Seongjin, and Jindo) that had only piled up garbage and dust started taking a new look. It is part of a regeneration project carried out by Dong-gu Office, Itta Space, and artist Jeong Chang-i. The inns, which have been made over, have been serving as cultural resting places in everyday life under the name of ‘Baedari Art Stay 1930’ since September this year.
_Address: 1-4, Geumgok-ro 11beon-gil, Dong-gu
Laundry Café (Formerly Giljo Inn) ※ Operating: 11:00-21:00
‘Laundry Café’ was named after a was place was discovered during the remodeling. The site is still preserved, and water flows under the bridge. Looking up at the transparent glass ceiling, you can feel the sky and the warm sunlight during the daytime. Neat and tidy wooden interiors such as windows and tables provide a sense of stability.
Ssamzie Cultural Park (Formerly Seongjin Inn)
It is a small park between a cafe and an art gallery, constructed after demolishing Seongjin Inn. You can relax on the single sofas scattered throughout the place. Various works of art are placed on the lawn to turn the place into a space where you can enjoy a walk and rest as well as a cultural life.
Itta Small Art Museum (formerly Jindo Inn) ※ Hours: 11:00-19:00
It is a small two-story art museum with artworks displayed across the space and a residence (lodging space) for artists is also provided on the first floor. To commemorate the opening, a relay exhibition featuring various artists will be held for 70 days from September 1 to November 10.