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Mullae art factory in Mullae art & steel industry village Project

5-4, Gyeongin-ro 88-gil, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea

Mullae art factory in Mullae art & steel industry village

Development Type: Redevelopment/Regeneration Project

Type Of Developer: Public Private Partnership

Start Year: 2003

Address: 5-4, Gyeongin-ro 88-gil, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea


Contributor: audex


Location Description
Northeast of Anyang-river and Dorim-river, Mullae art village is at the southwest of Yeouido and if you use subway, it is located between Shindorim station and Mullae station. And you can use Mullae post office and stell objects as a waypoint.

Case Report


After the fall of steel milling industry of Mullae, cheap rental fee of the factories' empty space were rational to hungry artists from 2003. Gathering artists changed the street of Mullae. When government started urban redevelopment plan, aim was the harmony between  old industry and new art.

Development Info.

Development Scale: District

Total Development Cost: N/A

Total Land Area: 1,017㎡

Total Development Area: 32,530㎡(2000s) + 55,330㎡(2010s)

Area Type: Suburban Area - Business Area

Start Date: 2003/01/01

Opening Date: 2010/01/11

Planning Approval: N/A

Lead Developer: Garam Architect and Assosiate

Consultants: Seoul Foundation for Art and Culture


Economic Context

During the era that steel industry's are main, this village was planned to disperse the factories of Yongsan, and Cheonggye-cheon. But after the ruin of the still industry and the rise of the creativity industry, the empty space of factories became the workshops of the artists.

Social Context

Redevelopment of the old city became crucial, the artist in Mullae was the unique feature of the district. The fusion of steel mills and artist's workshop was very weird but in this site, it was very suitable.

Environmental Context


Historical Context

During Japanese colonial period, Mullae village was planned and made  to produce clothes. After the liberation and development of the industrial works, to solve concentrating factories in Yongsan and Cheogye-cheon, government proposed migration to Mullae, so Mullae became steel milling industry area. But because of IMF and machine-based still milling, many meisters have gone. Artist has come to the empty spaces.

The Plan

Pre-planning Efforts


Vision Statement


Goals and Objectives

- “Industrial Regeneration Revitalization” - “Industrial Ecosystem Innovation” - “Creating a cultural space and improving the Yeongdeungpo environment for work and life" From the report "문화공간으로 새롭게 변화하는 문래창작촌"

Issues and Problems


Benchmark Projects


Public Engagement Strategy

Mullae art factory has built to make a program that connects workers of the steel mills, residence, and the artists.

Financing Strategy


Existing Community and Residents

There were apartments around the Mullae art & steel industry village. And also there were Mullae green park but it was the practical park of Korea.

Phasing Strategy


The Master Plan


Land Uses and Programs


Timeline or Milestones


Current Status

Mullae Art Factory is now in use, and they are supporting artists of Mullae by competition or projects. But redevelopment of Mullae art village by government seems stopped because of the infrastructures like ugly telegraph poles or neglecting of empty factories.

Lessons Learned

What is the most important take away from this case?

Reuse of the old industry by fusion of other programs to the empty facilities.

Why is this case relevant today and for whom?

Cities are seperating by its functions but industry and economy changes dramatically. So, after the change of industry, this project is a case for reusing the remaining empty area of the old industry.

Which strategy was proved to be successful?

Reusing structures of factories were vert useful to artist's workshop and retro mood cafe or beer bars.

In your opinion, what could have improved this project?

Economical impact was very crucial to this project.

Any other comments?

I choose this case despite the lack of information, but it was worth the investment. This project was not mainly led by government, but almost by the individuals. Artist made the unique streets by using old factories' empty area, and this fusion of art and industry made people come. Increasing flow of people made cafe or beer bars in economical principle. I learned one small but unique move can change the city.



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