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

Posted By Lori Zimmer On July 22, 2011 @ 12:32 pm In Architecture,carousel showcase | 1 Comment

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This super skinny house by Polish architects Centrala [2] proves that practically any space can be transformed into a habitable [3] residence. Set along a narrow alleyway [4], 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 [6] 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 [7] 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 [8], 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 [9], 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 [10] and writers, and hopefully it will to incite inspiration through its design. Construction is slated to begin in September.

+ Centrala [2]

Via Arch Daily [11]

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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/keret-house-warsaws-narrowest-home-will-be-set-within-this-tiny-alley/centrala-keret-house/

[2] Centrala: http://www.centrala.net.pl

[3] habitable: http://inhabitat.com/zecc-architects-converts-giant-church-in-utrecht-to-private-residence/

[4] alleyway: http://inhabitat.com/espaimgr-propose-giant-lego-like-structures-to-enliven-downtown-valencia/

[5] Image: http://inhabitat.com/keret-house-warsaws-narrowest-home-will-be-set-within-this-tiny-alley/centrala-keret-house3/

[6] pod-like: http://inhabitat.com/bams-greenery-filled-floating-pods-win-the-venice-cityvision-competition/

[7] Styrofoam: http://inhabitat.com/california-senate-votes-to-ban-styrofoam-containers/

[8] neighboring host building: http://inhabitat.com/modern-parasite-office-hangs-between-two-buildings-in-moscow/

[9] by ladder: http://inhabitat.com/contemporary-russian-studio-emerges-from-old-garage/

[10] artists: http://inhabitat.com/greener-gadgets-video-of-artist-chris-jordans-keynote/

[11] Arch Daily: http://www.archdaily.com/152505/keret-house-centrala/

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