Three Cool Extremely Narrow Houses

Three Cool Extremely Narrow Houses

Small houses pose a specific charm – they facilitate a simpler life, while connecting the inhabitants better. However, some structures are so narrow, that a person holding their arms out to the side could touch both walls. But that not means these structures are less charming.

1. Lucky Drops, by Yasuhiro Yamashita, Tokyo, Japan

The three-story house has the form of a long and narrow trapezoid with a lower base of 3.2m as the frontage, height of 29.3m as the depth, and upper base of 0.7m at the very end of the site. Most of the living areas are buried underground because the architect had to respect the local ordinance that requires a 0.5-meter set-back of external walls from the adjacent land.

The visible part of the house has translucent walls, letting plenty of sunlight permeate the entire building. The underground part also benefits from sunlight thanks to the expanded metal floor.

lucky drops

© Makoto Yoshida

lucky drops inside

© Makoto Yoshida

2. City Lights, by Sculp(IT) in Antwerpen, Belgium

Architects Pieter Peerlings and Silvia Mertens (owners of Sculp(IT) ) designed each of the four floors of this extremely narrow house to match various needs. The downstairs is for work, the first floor for dinning, the second for relaxing, the third for sleeping and the roof for enjoying the view from the giant bathtub. The almost 8 feet wide (2.4 m) wide house is made from shipping containers and was built on a steel skeleton. The walls are all glass, allowing light to penetrate the floorplate but also making everything visible. Paired with the multi-color lighting, the house emphasizes the area’s “exhibitionist” past (prostitution).

City Lights

 3. Keret House designed by Jakub Szczesny, Warsaw, Poland

Measuring only 122 centimeters at its widest point, the Keret House was built by Polish architect Jakub Szczesny and is considered world’s slimmest home. Located between an old apartment building from before World War II, and a post-war cooperative concrete apartment building, Keret House sits like a link between two different historical epochs that strongly market Warsaw’s appearance.

Despite its incredible dimensions, Keret House is complete with a bedroom, lounge, bathroom and even a little home office. The structure serves as temporary home for Etgar Keret, an Israeli writer with Jewish and Polish heritage, but when he is not using it the place is available to other travelling writers.

Under the Polish law the house is too small to be called a residence so is classifies as an art installation.

keret house outside

Keret-House bedroom

Keret-House inside


Remi Koene
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