A tight squeeze: The World’s skinniest House has become a Warsaw icon

What you can do with this crack in between the two existing structures? It measures just 28 inches wide at its skinniest point, and 4 feet wide at its fattest.

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But for the Israeli writer, Etgar Keret, the narrow alley means something pretty big. He lived in the world’s thinnest home, and he proved it more than comfortable to accomodate!

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The New York Times reports that in 2009, Keret received a phone call from Jakub Szczesny, a Polish architect, proposing to build an experimental house in honor of him in the old Jewish ghetto in Warsaw. Keret thought at first it was a prank, as what Szcezesny was proposing, in essence, was to build a house that would be the architectural equivalent of Keret’s stories, which have gained worldwide attention not only for their quality, but for their extreme brevity.

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But when Keret flew to Warsaw, he discovered that Szcezesny, started developing a triangular house with just enough space for a single inhabitant to live and work. “It requires a sense of humour, as you cannot stay long in a place like this,” joked Szczesny. Anyway, the idea is compelling — the city where his grandfather had died, and his mother had fled, would now have a very small house in their honour.

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Yet its diminutive size failed to prevent architect Jakub Szczesny from squeezing in a kitchen,dining room,WC and shower room, as well as a bedroom (with single bed, naturally). By day it’s a surprisingly well-lit space, a characteristic which Szczesny attributes to the polycarbonate materials used, which are light in color while maximizing the interior width.

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The body of the house is raised up on stilts and a staircase leads inside from underneath.

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The house will remain in place for at least two years, but could end up staying for good. “It has already become a Warsaw icon and is already on the tourist map,” said the architect.worlds-skinniest-house-keret-house-in-warsaw-poland-7

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