A compact residence lodged in a crack between two Warsaw buildings
Measuring only 92cm at its narrowest point and 152cm at its widest, Keret House is the world’s slimmest residence. Located between two buildings – a pre-Second World War, brick structure on Żelazna Street and a concrete apartment block building on Chłodna Street – Keret House, built in 2012, was initially conceived as a controversial talking point by Jakub Szczesny, of architecture practice Centrala, during the Wola Art Festival in 2009.
The building now serves as a temporary home for travelling writers, starting with Israeli writer Etgar Keret. ‘We believe it will become a symbol of modern Warsaw, engrained in its complicated history. We hope it will show the most fascinating side of Warsaw,’ say project curators Sarmen Beglarian and Sylwia Szymaniak of the Polish Modern Art Foundation.
‘The construction of living space within such a premise is impossible,’ explains the architect. ‘But Keret House is there to contradict that false image, simultaneously broadening the concept of impossible architecture.’ The house will remain in place for at least two years, but could end up staying for good. www.kerethouse.com
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The project has been made possible with the support of the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, as part of the programme aimed at promoting Polish design worldwide www.culture.pl