Imagine having to make a house translucent in order to minimize the fear-factor of such a compressed space? That is exactly what the architect of a new house in Warsaw did, according to a report at Time.com. Here is some more info:
Wedged in an alleyway between two apartment blocks, the ‘world’s thinnest house’ opened this Sunday in Warsaw. The triangular dwelling is 33 feet long and 5 feet wide at its widest point. In some places it narrows to just 3 feet.
The house’s architect, Jakub Szczesny, insists he hasn’t skimped on the basics. “It contains all necessary amenities such as a micro-kitchen, mini-bathroom, sleeping cubicle and tiny work area, all accessible via ladders,” he told Britain’s Metro newspaper. “I think plenty of light is most important in order to eliminate the fear of the small space.”
The house does indeed have an airy feel thanks to its white interior and a steeply pitched roof made of polycarbonate skylights, reports Smart Planet. The downside? The tiny bathroom features a combined shower and toilet.
Here is the design concept for the interior:
The article mentions New York and San Francisco – New York has sought to increase the amount of single-dweller housing, including 300 square foot unite … and San Francisco has looked to developers to cut that to as low as 150 square feet! There are also links to check out other micro-houses in Amsterdam, Japan, New York, and Puerto Rico.
And for fun here is a link to a 500 square foot house called the ‘Man with the Million Cabinet Apartment’.
Check out the video:
We actually upsized four years ago when we moved from Massachusetts to western New York, and while I could see going back to ~2000 square feet (we currently have over 4000) I couldn’t imagine some of these extreme spaces – though the 500 foot place looks pretty cool for solo (or perhaps couple) living.
What do you think?