In a series of opening and closing, lifting and dropping planes and spaces, Counterspace reimagines this exciting, hybrid site – straddling schizophrenic contextual identities on various levels. From an urban planning perspective, the site conglomerates two erven which belong to adjacent, yet radically different, economic and cultural zones. Programmatically, the development offers retail and recreation elements on one hand, interspersed flexibly with industrial processes such as storage and hydroponic elements on the other. Crystallising a new symbiotic hybrid identity, Counterspace reimagines a youth-driven set of spaces, where subtle cultural references subversively interlock – such as those derived from the nearby Indian suburb of Mayfair, as well as those Chinese elements attributed from the next-door Dragon City China Mall. Storage stalls can be re-appropriated on the weekend to become mini soccer posts or market posts. Storage frameworks become seating grand-stands for an outdoor cinema. This site patches a commons for intersection of various cultural and economic circumstances at the edge of two.