Lori Zimmer

Keret House: Warsaw's Narrowest Home Will be Set Within this Tiny Alley

by , 07/22/11
filed under: Architecture

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This super skinny house by Polish architects Centrala proves that practically any space can be transformed into a habitable residence. Set along a narrow alleyway, Keret House will be the narrowest residence in Warsaw, if not the world. The triangle-shaped house will span three levels, suspended between two existing buildings above the alley below.

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The slim pod-like building will repurpose a derelict space that seemed to serve as a local dump – the alley was packed with old furniture, trash bags and graffiti. The three levels are built from a steel frame covered with inexpensive plywood, and panels made from Styrofoam and concrete cloth form the structure’s spaceship-like exterior. Visitors even “board” the vessel through a set of remote control stairs, which open and extend to the alley below and then fold into the floor.

Electricity will be provided by a neighboring host building, and a water and sewage system in the small space will be free-standing, much like systems used on boats. The first floor of the living space is a work space and a lounge. The second level, reachable by ladder, fits a sleeping loft with a skylight. The top space can be used for storage.

Part art installation, part workspace, the house was designed as a studio for Israeli writer, Etgar Keret. The creative space will also be open to visiting artists and writers, and hopefully it will to incite inspiration through its design. Construction is slated to begin in September.

+ Centrala

Via Arch Daily

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  1. caeman July 22, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    A zombie-proof house! But, it needs more long-term storage of food to be truly zombie-proof.

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