Value of time sought in aged-buildings Regenerated Structures of Busan

“Regeneration construction” is a concept that re-imagines buildings of the past and turns them into venues with new functions and applications by utilizing the original form or portions thereof as design elements without defacing the key identity of such buildings. This initiative is gaining momentum these days. It is possible to frequently find regenerated buildings in several major cities throughout the world, including London, New York, Germany and Shanghai. One reason behind the attempt to infuse new life into old buildings in this manner is the respect for the values of time contained in these buildings. The unique stories contained in the regenerated buildings can serve as a wonderful design language that cannot possibly be created in a newly constructed building. If this movement is expanded as a part of urban culture, regeneration has the potential to preserve the collective memories and culture of a city, while enabling the optimization of space and promoting sustainability. We would now like to introduce the numerous regenerated buildings that can be found in Busan.

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- Terra Rosa F1963
Terra Rosa is the first and representative regenerated building in Busan. It is situated at F1963, which originally was the factory of Korea Steel Manufacturing. F in F1963 is the abbreviation of ‘factory’ and 1963 is the year in which Korea Steel Manufacturing was established. The entire factory area has been remodeled into a café and composite cultural venue. The regenerated site contains not only Terra Rosa Café, but also a Yes24 bookstore and the F1963 Square for exhibitions, which are actively being operated.

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- Singi Industry
One of the hottest places in Busan at the moment is the Singi Industry Café in Yeongdo. Singi Industry started as a bell manufacturing factory in 1987 and subsequently became a company that exports gift products, character products and office supplies to other countries throughout the world. The Singi Café was first established as a resting place for staff, as part of the welfare provided by the company, but quickly became enormously popular among the general public. Currently, the site hosts a retail outlet and a pub in addition to the café. Outlet No. 1, made using container boxes, and Outlet No. 2 developed by remodeling a kindergarten’s previous ambience, are different from each other and perform their respective new functions very well by fully utilizing the character of the old buildings.