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Tiny Houses for the 2018 Winter Olympics

These are Tiny Houses for the 2018 Winter Olympics.

According to TreeHugger, The+Partners and DNC Architects designed this tiny house as a prototype for alternative housing in Pyeongchang, Gangwon-do, South Korea, where the 2018 Winter Olympics will be held. There’s not enough accommodation in Gangwon city for all the people that will attend the winter games, so the architects are building tiny houses!

Gangwon city is one of the few clean areas left in Korea and it needs to be protected and kept that way. ‘The Tiny House Of Slow Town’ project has the purpose of providing accommodations with the maximized housing facilities while using the least materials, [and] that are environmentally friendly.

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Tiny Houses for the 2018 Winter Olympics

Images via Moonbum Jang

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Images via Moonbum Jang

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  • 213 sq. ft.
  • Open shower in wet bath
  • Compact kitchen with burners/sink
  • Wood paneling


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Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee is a contributor for Tiny House Talk and the Tiny House Newsletter. She's a wife, and mama of three little kids. She and her family are homesteaders with sheep, goats, chickens, ducks and quail on their happy little acre.

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{ 25 comments… add one }
    January 12, 2017, 10:46 am

    I have to say this is one hell of a set up plan, from dark to light! It makes me having to blink my eyes several times to focus.
    And in another way it’s different from my perspective, I like the way the inside is done. A daring job well done!

    • Natalie
      January 13, 2017, 9:31 am

      Yes it’s really quite striking!

  • Mary McReynolds
    January 12, 2017, 11:07 am

    Love the design. Lose the drapes. They are an ugly detraction. If you must have privacy, come up with something sleek and unobtrusive.
    Fabrics O U T.

    • Natalie
      January 13, 2017, 9:29 am

      Ooh I love drapes 🙂

  • jm
    January 12, 2017, 11:12 am

    Nice. We could learn a lot from countries that have been living tiny for a very long time.

    • Natalie
      January 13, 2017, 9:28 am

      That we could!

    • Roxann Suits
      January 13, 2017, 11:38 am

      I was thinking the same thing. Look at the headroom in the loft!

  • Frank Hodges
    January 12, 2017, 11:18 am

    Are they planning to make hundreds of these or are they for multiple
    folks? The kitchen is way too small for anybody and I see no refrigerator or HVAC. The shower is going to be challenge with water going everywhere not to mention water destroying the wood paneling/floor. How do you get to the shower drain to clean it? Where is the closet? This thing doesn’t look to be well planned out.

    • Natalie
      January 13, 2017, 9:27 am

      They are going to make many. They are for short-term living, thus the small kitchen. The bathroom is called a “wet bath” which is a style of bathroom: http://www.idealhome.co.uk/bathroom/bathroom-advice/wet-rooms-the-essential-guide-shower-room-ideas-85882 Same idea with a closet, it’s for short-term stay so you’ll probably live out of a suitcase.

    • oxide
      January 13, 2017, 1:51 pm

      This is a great design for a tiny house, but I do NOT buy their tree-hugger BS about “using the fewest materials possible.” They could have built the same number of units in a simple hotel for a LOT less money, materials, and physical footprint, and then re-used the hotel after the Games.

      Oh, and the drapes are OK on their own, but they don’t match the style of the house. They should be using sliding shades or screens.

      • Natalie
        January 17, 2017, 12:12 pm

        I think their idea was to avoid industrializing the area. They wanted something that blended into the environment (aka, landscape), rather than a huge hotel.

    • Michelle
      January 24, 2017, 3:16 pm

      The “wet bath” is the most common style of shower set-up in Asia, and the entire time I lived there it was the only type I ever saw in people’s homes. It works just fine. I don’t know why Americans seem to assume that their way is the *only* way to do bathrooms. Also, many people I knew who had studio-style apartments in Japan had a kitchen this size, and they lived there long-term.

      • Natalie
        January 25, 2017, 8:37 am

        Good to know about baths in Asia! I had no idea 🙂

  • Gigi
    January 12, 2017, 2:52 pm

    I like it! Is the exterior shou sugi ban charred cedar?

    • Natalie
      January 13, 2017, 9:18 am

      I wish I knew!

  • Allin
    January 12, 2017, 4:05 pm

    Natalie this is such great design pure, simple. Know what sq is on it?

  • Allin
    January 12, 2017, 4:10 pm

    Oppps! My bad… should’ve read a little bit further .

  • January 12, 2017, 4:29 pm

    This is Architecture at High Level, in a seemingly simple resolution. Excellente distribution of the interior spaces, consistent choice of the inner lining with a predominance of warm neutral tones, restful. Elegant!

    • Natalie
      January 13, 2017, 9:14 am

      That it is!

  • Michael L
    January 12, 2017, 8:24 pm

    Usually I’m not a big fan of all natural wood interiors, however this rocks! I’m sure with a few minor design changes this could work for long term housing.

    • Natalie
      January 13, 2017, 9:10 am

      Absolutely! It’s great.

    January 14, 2017, 6:18 am

    Beautiful Tiny House interior, but that exterior is something to be desired I’m sure….!

  • Mike D.
    January 15, 2017, 1:24 am

    Wonder how safe it is with induction cooktop next to sink. Hope electric has groundfault.

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