Could you share us what triggered you to open up a studio in Seongsu-dong?
I went to Konkuk University. Being close to Seongsu-dong, projects related to developing the region was always included in one of the themes for our graduation thesis. I had experienced a branding project for the first time during college which was a project for a small café called ‘Zagmachi’ in Seongsu-dong. So that sparked my relationship with the neighborhood. I didn’t want to bind myself in college so I went searching for a nice place for me and my friends to work, which was a tiny, less than 25sqm space next to the Seoul Forest. It was five of is in total but actually, it was more like a place to hang out and drink.(laugh)
Is there a specific reason you moved?
We got kicked out. I don’t know if you call it a gentrification but really like on TV, the landlord one day told us to leave, telling us that his daughter was returning from the US and that she’ll be taking over our place to open up her own little café. Those were his exact words. So we hurriedly searched for a new place and finally found this house. First of all it was the cheapest and the best part was that it was a detached house. Also, this area has a great sense of energy.(laugh) This house used to belong to the legendary Go player Hunhyeon Joh
You share this place with five of your friends. How did you all gather here?
In the beginning it was simply me and my college friends. Same college, same department. Then later people from other college started to join and from then on we’ve had a wide range of people. We don’t have a specific standard or anything, it was just people passionate to do something that gradually got together.