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Warsaw House Vies for World Record Skinniness

By Phil Butler | June 30, 2011
  • In these trying economic times, so many of us have had to trim down our lives. However, in news from Warsaw, Poland, one architect is designing a house that may be a stretch too far. Or should I say, a shrinkage? James Szczesny is designing a flat purported to be the thinnest house in the world.

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    Nope - It's cute, but not the skinniest

    When I first read this story, and saw the pictures, I could scarecely believe it. A news story in the Gazeta Warsawa tells of the designer commissioned to build a house only 152 centimeters (< 6 inches) wide. As it turns out, the house Warsaw city fathers approved, is being built as a workshop for noted Israeli author Etgar Keret. The multi story affair will be about 12 meters deep, and will be situated between two high rise apartment buildings at 74 and 22 Iron Chlodna, in Warsaw.

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    Architect's rendering and project locaton - courtesy Fig. INVESTOR MATERIALS / Francis Mazur / Agency Gazeta1

    According to the report from Warsaw, this "skinniest house" ever will be a fully equipped (of miniaturized a bit) sleep over workshop equipped with a bedroom, kitchenette, desk, mini bathroom and miniszambo. As for the little condo that could being the skinniest house in the world - this is only true if you measure the place between the tenements from the back yard side. The front of the house is 152 cm wide, while there is no room for a back door squeezed into 92 cm.

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    A new thin house in Brazil - not the thinnest tho - courtesy Freshhome

    But wait! We stopped the presses! According to the BBC, the world's narrowest house measures in a bit thinner than our Warsaw wannabe. The story from Great Cumbrae, Scotland shows a house being sold for the slimmest of prices, £27,000 - with the narrowest street front ever, 119 cm at is narrowest. Now if we consider the thinnest front, or back of such places - well, you see the point perhaps. Any way, for those looking on from street level, the house in Scotland is thinner, the one in Warsaw - thinnest at the rear and maybe overall.

    For more unthinkably skinny, or otherwise astonishing houses, visit Zulu's article here.

    The video below from Gazeta TV, while in Polish, shows a bit more about the projected "razor house" - enjoy.

    Phil Butler is a former engineer, contractor, and telecommunications professional who is editor of several influential online media outlets. Phil began his digital ramblings via several of the world’s most noted tech blogs, at the advent of blogging as a form of journalistic license.
    A graduate of The College of Charleston, Phil also served in the United States Navy, and has worked for any number of Fortune 500 companies. Together with his wife and partner Mihaela Lica Butler, Phil also helped forge Pamil Visions PR into one of the most successful online PR companies in the world. His greatest accomplishments however involves being the best husband, father, and friend he can be.
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