Inside The Keret House – the World’s Skinniest House – by Jakub Szczesny

© Polish Modern Art Foundation / Bartek Warzecha

Earlier this week, we announced the completion of the world’s narrowest house in , Poland. The Keret House was first conceived as a seemingly impossible vision of the Polish architect Jakub Szczesny of , who first presented the idea as an artistic concept during the WolaArt festival in 2009. Now, three years later, the vision has become a reality and is drawing a significant amount of international attention to the city of Warsaw.

Built between two existing structures from two historical epochs, the narrow infill is more of an art installation that reacts to the past and present of Warsaw. Although the semi-transparent, windowless structure’s widest point measures only 122 centimeters, it’s naturally lit interior doesn’t seem nearly as claustrophobic as one would think.

The Keret House will serve indefinitely as a temporary home for traveling writers, starting with Israeli writer Etgar Keret.

Images and the architects’ description after the break…

© Polish Modern Art Foundation / Bartek Warzecha

Keret House is the installation art in the form of an insert in between two existing buildings. The project was launched on Saturday 20th of October in Warsaw. It is led by the Israeli writer Etgar Keret.

© Polish Modern Art Foundation / Bartek Warzecha

Artistic hermitage in public space

Keret House is fully functional space in which one can live as well as create. It is located between buildings at Chlodna 22 Street and Zelazna 74 Street. “We deeply believe it will become a symbol of modern Warsaw ingrained in its complicated history. The House attracts attention of media from entire world. He hopes it will show the most fascinating side of Warsaw”, said project curators Sarmen Beglarian and Sylwia Szymaniak form Polish Modern Art Foundation.

© Polish Modern Art Foundation / Bartek Warzecha

The House is located on the plot measuring 92 centimeters in its narrowest point and 152 centimeters in its widest point. “That is why at first it seems that the construction of living space within such premise is impossible. Keret House is to contradict that false image, simultaneously broadening the concept of impossible architecture”, says the architect Jakub Szczesny. The house itself is 72 centimeters in the narrowest and 122 centimeters in the widest point.

© Polish Modern Art Foundation / Bartek Warzecha

In the fracture of history

The house is located between two buildings from two historical epochs. “The first is a brick building on Zelazna Street – a fragment of the pre-world war II city, almost no longer existing. The second – a cooperative concrete apartment building, an element of an “imposed structure”, which was aimed at negating the previous city landscape. Their adjacency is coincidental – like many architectural structures in Warsaw. Keret House is a perfect example of the so-called “non-matching” in the city’s urban fabric. Another reason is the city’s war history – where the house is located, two ghettos – the large ghetto and the small ghetto met. Only a few steps from the house, a bridge connecting the two closed spaces, stood”, explains Jakub Szczesny.

© Polish Modern Art Foundation / Bartek Warzecha

Project’s Founder/Concept Designer: Jakub Szczesny
Art Curators: Sarmen Beglarian, Sylwia Szymaniak
Executive Producer: Joanna Trytek – Black Salt Production

Organizer: Polish Modern Art Foundation
Co-financing: the Capital City of Warsaw
Partner: National Centre for Culture

Sponsor: LHI
General conctractor: AWBUD
Partners: GIRA, Kingspan, Decoroom, Volunta Parket, Milantex, Polish Institute in Tel Aviv, White & Case, Kostrzewa PR, Chylinski Family, Jewish Community in Warsaw, Chlodna Comedy Club, PMG Partners, Biuro Wystaw

Courtesy of Centrala

The Keret House project was run by Polish Modern Art Foundation. Founded by Piotr Nowicki in the fall of 1985, PMAF is one of the first, independent non-profit organizations operating in the art field. Its main goal is and always has been the promotion of those artists whose activity contributes to the development of contemporary art.

Learn more on the Dom Kereta official Facebook page.

© Polish Modern Art Foundation / Bartek Warzecha

All images courtesy of Centrala.

Cite: Rosenfield, Karissa. "Inside The Keret House – the World’s Skinniest House – by Jakub Szczesny" 03 Nov 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 28 Nov 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=289630>
  • mj

    hello

  • marcello rodriguez pons

    Very clever solution!!

  • Veronika Vesela

    It’s really lovely – I just don’t know if the triangle section was really necessary. I know it’s cool and makes everything cosy but anyway – is there any other reason for it?

    • Sarah

      I am guessing it is smply a matter of getting light in. If you were to put more second storey rooms in then the lower space would be left pretty gloomy. So this way it is just an expression of the space used and the orientation of that space for the best light-gain

  • esteve

    May be a good solution for homeless people ?

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  • ppap

    this reminds me of holy mountain :( if you know what i mean

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  • James Anderson

    Cool project, just find some better models

    • Konrad Koltun

      This is the writer himself.

  • rodrigo

    it would be too difficult to make a bed

  • Isabel

    But really,it’s wrong to call it a house, it’s not a house typically, it’s just an installation, fulfilling the conditions of real house, having the minimum equipment just to function inside it, and Keret is a person who is experimenting and he told himself that it is practically impossible to live in it for the whole life.
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  • Isabel

    But really,it’s wrong to call it a house, it’s not a house typically, it’s just an installation, fulfilling the conditions of real house, having the minimum equipment just to function inside it, and Keret is a person who is experimenting and he told himself that it is practically impossible to live in it for the whole life.

  • Juan

    Maybe space too expensive or Maybe to prove a point utilize every space that you can get.

  • http://thesimscafe.top-me.com/ Julia Schreiner

    It’s not for me but it has an interesting concept and it’s a good creative exercise.

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  • Danielle

    Does anyone else get anxiety just from looking at these pictures? However, when I think about it, it’s more space and more privacy then I had living in the dorms in college.

  • imam prasetyo

    kereennn… lahan sempit bisa jadi rumah, layak nggo kost2an

  • Antho

    Prefere die than sleeping in that thing