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The History Behind The Narrowest House In The World

THE WARSAW VOICE (Poland), JTA (USA)

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WARSAW – Squeeze inside, what is being dubbed the "narrowest house in the world" has officialy been opened in Poland's capital, reports the Warsaw Voice.

The two-story aluminum and plastic buiilding has a floor area of 14 square meters (150.70 sq feet) and measures 92 centimeters (3.02 ft) at its narrowest point and 152 centimeters (4.99 ft) at its widest point.

[Photo: Detail Daily - The Architecture and Design Blog]

The house, which stands in a narrow space between a pre-war house and a modern apartment block near the outskirts of the old Warsaw Ghetto, was built by Polish architect Jakub Szczesny as an art installation in memory of two survivors of the Nazi seige of the Ghetto.

The son of the survivors,  Israeli writer and filmmaker Etgar Keret, will be the first in a series of artists from around the world to use the space as a temporary residency.

Potential residents should check their claustrophobia at the door, as the house is windowless, with light only coming through holes in the bedroom. Still, it does come with a bathroom, a kitchen and a bedroom ... with a bean bag couch.

Residents must use a ladder to access the bedroom on the second floor, reports JTA.

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