50m2 House – A Newlyweds Small Home in Seoul by OBBA

This small house has been created for a newly-wed couple in Seoul, South Korea. The building has been designed by OBBA, who were in charge of developing a home that would meet the needs of the clients as they start their life together.


50m2 House - OBBA - Seoul - Living Area - Humble Homes

The building contains a floor area that’s just shy 538 square feet (50 square meters) – the maximum size before you’re legally required to include a parking space in Seoul. The architects have dubbed it the “50m2 House”, and the project was completed in 2015.


50m2 House - OBBA - Seoul - Living Area 2 - Humble Homes

The couple approached OBBA seeking to create a modest home with a modest budget. The site is set near the entrance of Gaemimaeul, which according to the architects is “one of the few remaining colonies of rag pickers in Seoul… The walls of this old shanty town are decorated with paintings in attempt to embellish the area, and this exudes a mysterious atmosphere.”


50m2 House - OBBA - Seoul - Staircase - Humble Homes

The contemporary finish of the house is a world away from the surrounding buildings, which are much more traditional in style. The interior has been kept simple and clean, with white walls and wood forming the basis of the color palette.

50m2 House - OBBA - Seoul - Hallway and Bathroom - Humble Homes

There are three main floors. Due to the difference in levels between the two sides of the building, the entrance is set on the right-hand-side of the second floor. A staircase takes you down to the first floor which acts as a den and also contains the main bathroom.

50m2 House - OBBA - Seoul - Cross-Section - Humble Homes

The second floor contains the main living room and kitchen. They were positioned at this level because of the improved lighting conditions and views. The final level of the home is the bedroom, which can be accessed by a set of pull-out ladders just off of the kitchen.

For more small houses check out Gabriella House, a low-cost, low-energy home in Mexico. Or, Mini House, a modern home set on a tiny 3-meter-wide plot. See all small houses.

Via ArchDaily
Photos: Kyungsub Shin

Niall Burke

Structural engineer by day, tiny house designer by night. Niall has a keen interest in small spaces, green design, and sustainability. He started developing Humble Homes while studying for his masters degree in engineering. He is the founder and managing editor of Humble Homes.

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  1. Would love to see a humble home without stairs for a senior citizen who does not want to fall and break a hip.