The thinnest house in the world

The thinnest house in the world

WARSAW - Why waste space when you can live in it?

Polish architect Jakub Szcz?sny has designed and built the thinnest house in the world in a 122-centimeter space in between two buildings in Warsaw.

What drew the architect to the space was the small distance which existed between a pre-war apartment building on one end and a post-war co-op on the other.

"I fell in love with a space between two buildings from different periods. I decided to make a link," The New York Times reported him as saying.

The 39-year-old then started work on turning his hopes to bridge that historically significant gap into reality.

He called up Israeli writer Etgar Keret, who has Jewish and Polish heritage, and told him that he would be building this house for him.

Though he did not know what to believe at first, Etgar Keret, whose heritage makes him significantly tied to the war, was delighted to see the Keret house become reality.

With a complex design based on light steel, the small development is not suitable for living and is deemed as art instead.

The space will also be used for Keret to work in, and to entertain guests.

ljessica@sph.com.sg

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