By Tuan Nguyen
Posting in Design
An architect is challenging our preconceived notions of how much space is needed to live comfortably.
Jakub Szczesny is about to challenge our preconceived notions of how much space is needed to live comfortably.
The Polish architect is currently constructing a house in Warsaw, Poland that will eventually be the world's skinniest house. Located in an alley between an apartment building and tower, the seriously humble abode measures 40 feet long, but less than five feet wide.
The really impressive part is that his design team has managed to squeeze in a bedroom, living room, bathroom and kitchen within the new four-story home (There's also enough room to fit an incredibly tiny 3-D printer). The designers had originally planned to include a staircase, but the cramped dimensions forced them to opt for ladders instead.
"I saw the gap and just thought it needed filling. It will be used by artists," Szczesny told the Daily Mail.
The current record holder is The Wedge, a building that measures 47 inches wide in the front, but expands as you move towards the back. It's located on the island of Great Cumbrae in Scotland and was also built at the site of an alley way.
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In case anyone is wondering if there is a vacancy for this new place, you're out of luck. The new resident will be an Israeli writer named Etgar Keret, who obviously isn't even a tad bit claustrophobic.
But if you don't mind living in New York, the state's skinniest home has just been put up for sale for a cool $4.3 million dollars.
Image: Centrala design
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Jul 12, 2011
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4 millions dollars for NY's skinniest house? I am not sure who would pay that amount to have a fold out bed. He is a little crazy it sounds like to me. Also, the design doesn't even look like the actual house. Would this even be considered green home technology though?
Mr. Szczesny probably visited Oude Hoogstraat 22, Amsterdam, The Netherlands where a 2,02m wide house (6,63 feet) was built in the 17th century. Still, I think it is smart to use old ideas with new techniques!
i am 6'4" and so i am not so keen on a house like this, i find the regular ones make me feel kinda cooped/cramped up... but i like the idea & i am sure there are plenty of people who would buy that kind of house
Appears to be a lot of wasted space under the staircase. Can't this be cantilevered. Also for planning permission in the UK it will require one and a half car parking spaces. Can't wait to see the design of the cars.
What's the big deal about this home? We've been putting this on one level and adding wheels for over 50 years. It's called a mobile home.
This is plain goofy. I carry more stuff on a 3 day camping trip than this entire house could ever hold. For someone who has no clothes (maybe 3 outfits), no stuff and no taste, it's perfect. For those who actually want to live in their home, this is nothing more than a bad joke.
I would think that something this small would go for way less than $4.3 million!! That price is outright outrageous. I can buy a mansion and probably several luxury condos with that money.
They should force the guy who vomited this "brilliant idea" to live there for life, A prison would be too much luxury for him. What a waste of time. Let??s get serious again. TvdH
In the middle of the story is this, "The current record holder is The Wedge, a building..." Don't the editors read the very story for which they are writing the headline? Incredible.
Population management is a crock. As long as there are "city addicts" who have to cram themselves into this type of space you will always have this kind of problem. It's interesting that those "crammers" are the ones who don't want kids and spend all their time complaining about how the rest of the world's population needs to be managed. Those who want to really live go somewhere with space and find that life happens when it's filled with people, not devoid of it.
Article says it is 4 stories, but I only see 2. I would be more impressed if it had 5 or 6 (full) stories. Now that would be cool. You could get a full workout just moving around your house.
I can't think of a more convincing and visual argument for population management than a world that needs architects to fill in the remaining unoccupied cracks. What a disaster our species has become.
You said, "Don't the editors read the very story for which they are writing the headline?" They hardly ever do. And never mind proofreading for errors of any kind (typos or facts).
The title says it's the world's skinniest house, while the Wedge claims the narrowest entryway at 47 inches, but it expands to a "spacious" 11ft wide at the back.
People moving out to the country where they can build on 5 acres next to other 5-acre houses, connecting one city to the next with Ranch-style housing and neo-Colonials, where once was open fields or forests. The same people who cause there to be traffic jams in rural communities every day. Life actually happens in places that aren't filled with people, too, you know.
Get out of the city folks and take a look around. Most of the world is vast empty spaces. BTW I don't see the kitchen in the graphics provided with the article. Wonder how they plan to fit it in.
That urban sprawl should be universally banned as that is the agricultural land we are going to need in the future to feed those too many hungry mouths just around the new-year-corner on top of our sending the food to those areas of the world where warlords prevent the people they lord it over from growing the food they need to survive.