Cross-Space: Enabling Interactions between Diverse Cultures

On Architects Inc. unveils NONSPACE, a project to regenerate a local village renowned for rice and flower farming. With an aging population, the project proposes new life possibilities through an experimental cross-cultural facility, or “cross-space”, enabling interactions between diverse cultures. The cross-spaces created in the widthwise and depthwise orders will produce a new variety of cross-cultures in an extensible way.

Cross-culture: NONSPACE
At the intersections between the widthwise and depthwise orders are weaved “cross-spaces.” Each cross-space has the possibility of extensions for various programs. It is not a universal physical space, but rather a differentiated experimental space, thus the name “NONSPACE.”

©Yoon Joonhwan

The intent is for it to be the spatial platform for a local private sector cultural complex that goes beyond the functions of ordinary commercial spaces, enticing cultures to merge and interact with one another as part of a process to create the new. The cross-spaces created in the widthwise and depthwise orders will produce a new variety of cross-cultures in an extensible way.

©Yoon Joonhwan

Rice-straw exposed concrete
The construction of exposed concrete with rice straw was experimented on to produce the indoor atmosphere in which one can feel as if having entered a straw-woven space. Before concrete placing, the sheaves of rice straw were laid on the slab form and drenched with water as they would absorb the moisture of concrete. The form and sheaves were eventually removed, while the rice straw stuck in the concrete remained. Over time, the atmosphere of space will keep varying as the straw undergoes changes.

©Yoon Joonhwan

The space of five senses
As you enter the cross-space at the entrance, you can feel the changing sky and the wind, and can sense the existence of water through flowing sounds emerging from a gap in the floor. The water provides auditory pleasure, beyond a simple visual device. Inside, service spaces are divided into two opposite sides, and the source of the water sounds becomes visually evident. With trees for all four seasons, visitors discover another void space that secures a visual sense of openness with a stony landscape. Olfactory receptors are enlivened by the smells of food and beverages prepared at the service area.

©Yoon Joonhwan

Walking through the indoor space, you can encounter different elements of nature: opening and closing, shrinking and expanding, and brightness and darkness. At the ends of the nine spaces created by the widthwise and depthwise orders, visual stimulus includes a variety of external landscapes. Pebbles beneath your feet as you walk on the rooftop create pleasant sounds to accompany the sound of flowing water.

©Yoon Joonhwan

Other images can be seen in the gallery down below

Project Name: NONSPACE
Office Name: On Architects Inc.
Lead Architect: Jung Woongsik
Project Location: Hobeop-myeon, Icheon-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
Completion Year: 2022
Gross Built Area (m2): 428.48 m2
Program / Use / Building Function: Cafe
Photographer: Yoon Joonhwan

About On Architects Inc.
On Architects suggest various models through investigations of the values and possibilities of local architecture, going beyond the junction between physical, environmental, and realistic factors en route to an alternative that builds up the communicative relationships between people and local areas.

The firm seeks to create new values through explorations of social and cultural phenomena, as well as insightful thinking.

On Architects Inc. is endeavoring to become a sustainable group conducting endless experiments on various alternatives to create limitless values and business models based on architecture. The firm is mainly focused on small relationships of architecture, created by people who value social change stemming from small things.