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.
- Renovate the space while preserving the image of the hospital as it was, the identity of the place.
Sparkle with Light, Sparkle with Memories
It is a space full of lights wherever you look, with a large mirror ball flashing on the wall of the stairs. It is a flamboyant space where old signs of a hospital, such as those indicating the examination room and waiting room, suddenly appear. It is the “IK Light House” (“Light House”), where memories “sparkle” whenever the light “sparkles.”
_Address: 8-1 Chamoejeon-ro 174beon-gil, Jung-gu
Café, lighting, exhibition… Three things in one space
IK Light House, located on Gaehang-ro, is a café transformed from a closed obstetrics and gynecology hospital and company housing. To be precise, it serves three purposes: a café, a lighting store, and a gallery. When you enter the place through the entrance filled with light bulbs, the lights in various shapes and the sweet scent of dessert stimulate eyes and nose. For it is operated by Ilkwang Lighting, a lighting company, you can take a look at various desk lamps and lighting fixtures and purchase them. The place is known for the excellent taste of beverages and desserts, and it serves a variety of bakeries and coffees.
- Mirror ball installed on the wall
Traces of the hospital and added light
What is unique about the IK Light House is that there are many traces of the hospital left across the place, such as cracked walls and floors, hospital signs, wooden door frames, etc. Anyone who comes to this place would notice that it used to be a hospital. A variety of lights were added here. Lights in various colors, from the equipment used to produce light bulbs in the past, the large chandelier hanging from the ceiling, and mirror balls, please the eyes of visitors.