The world’s thinnest house called Keret House has formally opened on Saturday in Warsaw, Poland. It is a four-foot wide structure, rising and filling a narrow space between two existing blocks – a prewar household and a contemporary apartment block, in central Warsaw.
Originally planned as an art installation, by Polish architect Jakub Szczesny of the Polish firm Centrala, the newly unlocked structure in Warsaw is named after an Israeli writer Etgar Keret, the first person to dwell in it this weekend.
As initially reported, Mr. Keret will be the host of the house for three years, yet in a temporary basis only.
External and Internal Structure
The two-story aluminum and plastic house was designed three years ago, initially as an art graft depicting a momentous remembrance of Warsaw’s World War II mayhem.
It emerges as a triangular building that measures 33 feet or 10 meters in depth at the base, and rises at a height of 30 feet or 9 meters tall. Its overall dimension runs only at 4 feet or approximately 1.3 meters.
Despite its extremely narrow space, the house comes with all necessary amenities for its occupant. These include a living room with a bean bag sofa, a bedroom with a twin-size bed, a kitchen with a couple of tables and a bathroom with a toilet and shower.
“It contains all necessary amenities such as a micro-kitchen, mini-bathroom, sleeping cubicle and tiny work area, all accessible via ladders,” Mr. Szczesny explained.
As part of its contemporary scheme, the Keret House is also built with a remote-controlled entrance stairs. Access to the sleeping area is done through a ladder mounted in the wall, with a “boat-inspired” fixture. According to pertinent reports, its electricity comes from a nearby building.
Given its actual size, the Keret House is likely to become Europe’s narrowest residential structure standing.
Mr. Szczesny designed the structure way back the year 2009, primarily as a working studio for the Israeli writer, Etgar Keret and his guests. Besides being a workspace, it will serve as a momentary abode for Keret, by the time he makes an occasional visit in the city.
Mr. Keret usually stays in Warsaw twice a year, so other guests can also grab a share of the building’s tight quarters.
The fact that Keret Home is a non-profit building also implies transient lodging is for free.
In conjunction to the house opening, a press conference was held last Friday, where Mr. Szczesny said the building’s completion also denotes a fulfillment of two focal ends. First is filling a void city gap and second is connecting Warsaw’s WWII tragedy. He further expounded that half of the city where modern buildings rise today is also the same setting where old buildings were destroyed during the war.
Meanwhile, Mr. Keret in his most recent interview on television said that he conceived this project as a tribute to his parents’ family. His ancestors had perished in Poland during the Holocaust under Nazi Germany’s regime. The Israeli writer’s paternal grandfather also died during the 1944 Warsaw uprising against the Nazis.
The emergence of Keret House as an ultimate art work is made possible by the funding of Warsaw Town Hall and the Foundation of Polish Modern Art.
Source: Yahoo News