the magenta tiny house is a kitsch interpretation of compact living

the magenta tiny house is a kitsch interpretation of compact living

promoted as an answer to the affordable housing crisis and a desirable alternative to traditional homes and mortgage, the tiny house movement continues gaining momentum. more than half of americans would consider living in a home that’s less than 600 square feet, according to a survey done by the national association of home builders. and among millennials, interest increases to 63%. from world renowned architects like bjarke ingels, to more obscure communities of online gamers, the current trend is a welcomed challenge and a source of inspiration for anyone keen to try their hand at compact living.

images courtesy of pin-up houses



led by founder and main architect, joshua woodsman, pin-up houses is just one example of an international studios driven by these constraints.the main point of our concentration are proposals of small wooden house designs with emphasis on social housing and affordable living‘, it reads on the company’s website. they offer building plans for timber small houses including cabins, cottages, sheds and kids playhouses.



their latest is the portable magenta tiny house, an unapologetically pink timber structure, constructed atop a flat trailer. the 11ft 2 ‘x 6ft 2’ build comprises of heat-insulated wooden panels on all sides. inside, smart configuration accommodates a sofa bed, heating stoves, a chemical toilet and a small kitchenette. storage space is situated in clever built-in furniture and stretched nets which are used for stowing things.



the house isn’t equipped for off-grid living and looks more suited to family-friendly camping aficionados. never the less, it’s a kitsch interpretation of living with a little rather than a lot. it has functional wiring with the ability to connect the trailer to a mains source by cable. there are four interior and one exterior lights – two in the main room, one in the toilet and the kitchen. there are also 3 electrical outlets. the kitchenette is equipped with a water tank, a gas cooker and plenty of open and seal-able drawers.



[magenta tiny house] is a manifesto of temporary independent housing, against debt and mortgages‘, the studio explains. the structure took only 3 months to build and cost a total of 11,000 USD including materials and labour. ‘it is a manifesto of temporary independent housing, against debt and mortgages.

  • Just wondering what type of stove is shown
    Thank you

    Mike Kneisley says:
  • I like this. I think it is nice.

    Gwendolyn says:
  • What is the name brand of the small wood burning stove? I can’t find it anywhere. I have a tiny home and would like a tiny woodburning stove. Please help me find the one in this Tony home.

    Gabrielle Glasen says:
  • Yeah lets make this a thing so that the price on tiny houses goes through the roof. Developers are already trying to get way to much for 800 to 900 sq. Ft. This is a wave of desperation, not vause people like being crammed in a closet. This country is becoming a bigger and bigger joke. Why are people making so little and housing is so much? What is the loint in going to work when someones standing at the end of the pay day line taking it before you get it. Why are foreign national immigrants driving around tesla’s and living in masions, and we are supposed to be happy to live in shoe box on wheels? Why why why? I see how much is taken out of my check, and I look at everyone around me getting a comparable check, and I think where is all of this koney going. I live in a God Damn Camper, and they are taking money from my check while living in a nice home in a nice neighborhood. Where are my lands, and my savings. America is a joke now, might as well move to a third world country. At least you can afford a piece of land.

    Casey says:
  • Very nice . good for the homeless if the city in any state could put some up. That woukd be nice. We have The HopeVillage here in Medford Oregon Thanks

    Charlotte Schreffler says:
  • I would love to purchase

    Athena says:
  • I would like to know where I could get in contact with someone who is looking for a builder on these tiny homes. Anyone in state of Oregon? Thank you.

    Don. Hagerty says:
  • Simple but effective design. Good use of space. Would like it for camping.

    Mark M says:
  • ‘Absolutely love the cutouts for the cabinets. It is cute, but I think I would prefer the house I can see thru the window.


    Jimmy Xi says:
  • I think this is comical and bordering on the absurd. What needs to happen is for property regs to be updated to help reduce the cost of self builds. The main issue is how property prices are linked to inflation leading to ridiculous house prices. Leading to people living in poverty due to the disproportionate amount of their income going on the cost of housing and living in general. Capitalism is in need of some serious overhauling more cooperatives less fat cats taking the piss, wrecking peoples lives with no consequences. Viva me revolution kill the fat cats.

    Karl Booth says:
  • lotta bitterness here today

    dbkii says:
  • Very cute. I’m all for the tiny house movement but this one is much more suited for camping than every day living.

    IMD says:
  • I build 23ftX8ft houseboat with 16ftX8ft cabin with garage and basement (no kidding).

    Nick Askew says:
  • This is like a pressure cooker for 2 people … ” familiarity breeds contempt” … perfect for a loner … homelessness is a disease of the compassionless developed world … these structures are a way of applying CUTENESS to a growing problem.

    Leonardo Sideri says:
  • I have been watching Tiny Houses for a while now, no one has ever said how on gets out if there is a fire.?strong rainy days ? it looks to confined to me. yet mostly shows are over in the UK or England . and the cost of one of these tiny houses are about the same as a regular size house. the price just doesn’t make that much sense to me.

    Martha Marie Lofton says:

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