Lucy Wang

Incredibly Skinny Sliver House Slips Into a Lot As Narrow As Ten Feet Across

by , 08/26/14
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Skinny leftover spaces between buildings often don’t become more than alleyways, but Boyarsky Murphy Architects managed to turn one challengingly narrow lot into the site of a four story house. Located between two terraced houses in West London, the appropriately named Sliver House has a front facade that measures less than ten feet. To make the narrow house seem as spacious as possible, the architects introduced as much natural light as possible throughout the building’s bone-white interior.



Maida Vale, London, London architecture, Boyarsky Murphy Architects, skinny house, narrow house, sliver house, wedge-shaped site, wedge-shaped building, tinted windows, natural light, split-level, skylight, glass facade

Located in Maida Vale, the Sliver House was developed on a site that had been abandoned for decades due to its difficult lot size. Measuring just 36 feet deep, the wedge-shaped plot gradually widens from 10 feet at the front to nearly 25 feet at the rear of the property. The architects clad the house’s narrow street frontage in tinted glass to maximize natural light while maintaining privacy. Strategically placed rear windows and skylights also bring in light.

Related: Jakub Szczesny’s Keret House is the World’s Narrowest Building

“The guiding principles behind the project were to introduce as much light as possible throughout the building whilst retaining privacy from the many neighboring windows,” write the architects. Open plan layouts and the staggered, split-level-like building volumes maximize the spaciousness and footprint of the house. Three bedrooms are located on the upper level.

+ Boyarsky Murphy Architects

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Images via Boyarsky Murphy Architects

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