We’re still over a full year away from the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, but the related construction projects are ramping up. At least one Olympics-minded residence has already been finished—and it is tiny.
Built to host visitors to the events based in the Gangneung area, the gabled dwelling, named the “Tiny House of Slow Town,” packs in a windowed living room, bathroom, kitchenette, and sleeping loft. Designed by Seoul-based The Plus Partners and American firm DNC Architects, the building’s stark black exterior contrasts beautifully with its warm, interior wood paneling.
Large windows dominate two sides of the main living space, which totals 213 square feet. An alternating tread stair saves space, while the steeply rising roofline creates ample headroom in the bedroom.
The home was designed to sit within the area’s natural landscapes without any disturbances. It was also built with modular, eco-friendly materials to leave minimal environmental impact itself.
Because Gangwon, the host province of the Games, lacks sufficient accommodation for the anticipated influx of visitors, the “Slow Town” initiative plans to design a series of small wooden residences like this to provide sustainable housing during the event.