Five Trees – A Guest House that’s Made Up of Separate Buildings

Set in the city of Dong-gu in Basan, South Korea, this series of individual buildings form a single guest house. The project, which was completed in 2015 and has been dubbed Five Trees, was undertaken by the design studio YounghanChung Architects.


Five Trees - YounghanChung Architects - South Korea - Exterior - Humble Home

The buildings sit on a site that measures 1,470 square feet (136.6 square meters), with the actual “house” occupying a total of 823 square feet (76.5 square meters). The home is formed out of four separate units that are interspersed between five trees.


Five Trees - YounghanChung Architects - South Korea - Courtyard - Humble Home

The exterior finish is a mix of brick and spray-on stuco, with the actual structures being created with timber. The interior’s have been drywalled throughout and finished in white. The heights of the individual buildings vary, but the tallest of them reaches 26 feet (8 meters) and contains 3 floors.


Five Trees - YounghanChung Architects - South Korea - Staircase - Humble Home

Five Trees serves as a guest house with one of the units acting as the main hub, featuring a double height community room and a kitchen. The remaining buildings are mostly sleeping quarters with a variety of bedroom sizes, bathrooms and toilets.

Five Trees - YounghanChung Architects - South Korea - Loft - Humble Home

Creating a series of “houses” allowed the architects to provide a greater degree of separation and privacy for each of the guests. It seems to be a bit of a trend lately, with this approach being used for single family homes where each separate structure forms a linked living space.

Five Trees - YounghanChung Architects - South Korea - Foor Plans - Humble Home

Including the various floor levels throughout the project brings the floor area up to 1463 square feet (135.9 square meters), which is small when compared to some guest houses.

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Via ArchDaily
Photos: YounghanChung Architects

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.