Nestled amongst the trees in Anyang, Korea, Open House is an amazing vertical village with five levels and 20 mini house-shaped rooms. The treehouse-like space features everything a community needs - from a bicycle rental shop to a children’s jeongja (play pavilion), a vegetable garden, recycling workshops, a green house, community gardens and a tea room. But the coolest part by far is the fact that it was made by the community too! That's right, over 200 residents of Anyang pitched in to build the structure piece by piece.
Open House was designed by raumlaborkorea (with the help of the community), and celebrated its grand opening last month. But it isn’t technically “complete” – and that’s the whole point! raumlaborkorea’s intention was for the village to keep growing and evolving over the years in response to the needs of Anyang as a type of “social sculpture.” While it may appear to be just a building on the outside (albeit an intriguing one), Open House is really a “self-learning laboratory, constantly in creation and transformation for the collective research of the open community.”
In addition to the community-run greenhouse, Open House will have many programmed spaces including the Open House Real Estate office, anchae (a women’s conversation room called a Room of One’s Own), an artist studio and workshop, a bar, a teahouse, jeonggas, a kitchen, a farm and more. Each of these areas is open for the public to use and enjoy workshops, film screenings, performances, concerts, parties and art exhibitions.