Keret House

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Keret House
The Keret House between two other buildings, as seen from the street
The Keret House between two other buildings, as seen from the street
Alternative names Dom Kereta
General information
Architectural style Postmodern architecture
Location Warsaw, Poland
Coordinates 52°14′16″N 20°59′21″E / 52.237703°N 20.989075°E / 52.237703; 20.989075Coordinates: 52°14′16″N 20°59′21″E / 52.237703°N 20.989075°E / 52.237703; 20.989075
Current tenants Etgar Keret
Construction started 2012
Completed 2012
Technical details
Floor count 2
Floor area 4,09m²
Design and construction
Architect Jakub Szczęsny
Architecture firm Centrala
Website
http://kerethouse.com

Keret House is a structure and art installation in Warsaw, Poland. It was designed by the architect Jakub Szczęsny through the architecture firm Centrala. The two-story art installation was named after Israeli writer and filmmaker Etgar Keret, who was the building's first tenant.[1] Keret plans to give the house to a colleague after he moves out. The building measures 92 centimetres (3.02 ft) at its narrowest point and 152 centimetres (4.99 ft) at its widest point.[2]

Building[edit]

Inside Keret House – the bedroom

The iron structure contains two floors, and has one bedroom, a kitchen, a bathroom and a living area. It has two non-opening windows, with sunlight also entering through translucent glass panels that make up the walls. The entire interior is painted white and the building's electricity is obtained from a neighboring building. The house has custom water and sewage technology and is not connected to the city-provided water systems.[3] Because of its small size, the building only accommodates a small 2-beverage refrigerator, and occupants use a ladder to travel from level to level. Entry is via retractable stairs that, when closed, become the living area.[4][5]

The construction of the Keret House was supported by the Warsaw Town Hall and the Polish Modern Art Foundation.[6] The house is classified as an "art installation" because it does not meet Polish building codes, even though it is being used as a residence.[3]

Location[edit]

Keret House is located between 22 Chłodna Street and 74 Żelazna Street in Warsaw,[7] and is designated as the narrowest house in the world.[1][8] The structure was installed between a pre-war house and an apartment building. Keret said that staying at the Keret House is like a "memorial to my family";[1] his parents' families died in World War II when Nazi Germany occupied Poland.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Scislowska, Monika. "World's skinniest house is only four-feet wide". The Province. Retrieved 21 October 2012. 
  2. ^ "Dom Kereta / Keret House". Centrala. Retrieved 21 October 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Check Out The Skinniest House In The World". Co.DESIGN. Retrieved 21 October 2012. 
  4. ^ "Perfect for a size-zero model: World's skinniest house is just five feet across ... and barely has enough room for a kitchen". Daily Mail Online. London. 19 October 2012. Retrieved 21 October 2012. 
  5. ^ "World's Thinnest House Unveiled in Poland". KECY TV. Archived from the original on 18 April 2013. Retrieved 21 October 2012. 
  6. ^ Hisona, Harold. "Thinnest House in Warsaw Poland unlocks with all essential amenities". Retrieved 21 October 2012. 
  7. ^ Minner, Kelly. "Keret House / Centrala". Arch daily. Retrieved 21 October 2012. 
  8. ^ "Narrowest house, to host Israeli writer Etgar Keret, opens in Warsaw". Global News Service of Jewish People. Archived from the original on 26 October 2012. Retrieved 21 October 2012. 
  9. ^ Scislowska, Monika. "Narrow house opening as art work in Warsaw". Idaho Statesman. Retrieved 21 October 2012. 

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