'World's Thinnest House' Unveiled in Warsaw

Urban home is just 5 feet at its widest
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 24, 2012 2:41 AM CDT

(Newser) – The future of urban living may be just a few feet wide, says Polish architect Jakub Szczesny, creator of the "world's narrowest home." The Warsaw home, squeezed into a narrow gap between two buildings, is five feet wide at its widest and three at its narrowest, but has space for a kitchen, toilet, shower, eating area, bedroom, and work area in its two stories, Metro reports. Its first resident will be Israeli writer Etgar Keret.

Szczesny says he designed the home to let in plenty of light to help combat claustrophobia. "Research shows we are approaching a social disaster because too little living space is built," he says. "You don't need that much space to live in, so it is worth considering building smaller scaled, cheaper housing." (Read more Warsaw stories.)

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