Beth Buczynski

Jakub Szczesny's Keret House is the World's Narrowest Building

by , 01/23/14
filed under: Architecture, gallery

Poland, Warsaw, Etger Keret, Jakub Szczesny, architecture, thin house, tiny house, Holocaust, Warsaw Ghetto

Could you live in house no wider than a door frame? Etgar Keret can. The Israeli writer is now the proud owner of the world’s narrowest building, a home so tiny that you might not even notice it if you’re not looking hard. The house, which is less than five feet across at its widest part (three feet at its narrowest), was designed by Polish architect Jakub Szczesny and is located in Warsaw.


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Keret says the house was conceived as a memorial to his parents’ family, who died in Warsaw during the World War II Holocaust. Although it’s mostly an artistic installation, it’s still a real house with all the necessary facilities. Squeezed into the microscopic alley between two existing residential buildings on the edge of the former Warsaw Ghetto, the building’s several levels comprise a “micro-kitchen, mini-bathroom, sleeping cubicle and tiny work area, all accessible via ladders,” architect Szczesny said. The Warsaw Ghetto was the largest of all the Jewish ghettos in Nazi-occupied Europe during World War II, with over 400,000 Jews crowded into an area of less than two square miles.

Keret says he plans to live in the home when visiting Poland.

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via Archinect and RT.com

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