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.


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!


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.


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.


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.


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


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