The World’s Thinnest House
October 25, 2012
At only 4 feet wide, this house is the thinnest house around. Located in Warsaw, it comes fully equipped with a small kitchen, bathroom, sleeping area/office, and a bean bag for a couch. Pictures of the outside and assembly can be found here.
Yahoo Homes explains the idea behind the house:
“Architect Jakub Szczesny of the Polish firm Centrala built this as a working studio for Israeli writer Etgar Keret, and other artists are expected to stay here as well. The Keret Home, as a sign on the front door declares it, is technically considered an art installation.
The PR agency representing the project told me that Keret will be “host” of the home for three years but “won’t live there permanently. He will drop in from time to time, invite guests, create, etc.”
Keret considers the home “kind of a memorial to my family,” the AP reported. His parents survived the Holocaust in Nazi-occupied Poland, but their families were wiped out. In Tablet, a Jewish online magazine, Keret wrote about how his father managed: “During World War II, my dad, his parents, and some other people hid in a hole in the ground in a Polish town for almost 600 days. The hole was so small that they couldn’t stand or lie down in it, only sit. When the Russians liberated the area, they had to carry my father and my grandparents out, because they couldn’t move on their own.”
A great story of art imitating life.
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