Tiny House: The Keret House

Reader Contribution by Susan Melgren and Web Editor
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There are tiny houses, and then there are tiny houses. The Keret House falls under the latter category. At only 156 square feet, the Keret House, scheduled for construction in Warsaw, Poland, later this year, isn’t the tiniest home in the world–but it just might be the skinniest. Designed by Polish architect Jakub Szcz?sny, the Keret House will measure only 4 feet across at its widest and just 28 inches across at its thinnest. 

The Keret House will be built in a narrow alleyway between two buildings in Warsaw, Poland’s Wola district. The rendering, on right, shows what the Keret House will look like from the street once it’s completed. Photos Courtesy Centrala.

The sparse conditions–well outside the comfort zone of most of us–are intended to produce creative working conditions for the home’s occupant, Israeli writer Etgar Keret. Because the home doesn’t meet Polish building codes, Szcz?sny will construct the Keret House in a narrow alleyway–or rather a wide gap–between two buildings in Warsaw’s Wola district and dub it an “art installation.” The house will serve as a workplace and hermitage for Keret, as well as a salon for his visitors, artists and young intellectuals from around the world.

The Keret House will only be accessible by a staircase that folds into the floor when not in use. Photo Courtesy Centrala.

If the thought of squeezing guests into this thin home seems outlandish, just wait–it gets weirder! The tri-level home will be constructed in the shape of a triangle, painted white inside and out, and will only be accessible by a remote-control staircase that folds flat into the floor when not in use. A neighboring building will supply the Keret House’s electricity, while an off-grid plumbing system inspired by boat technology will provide the house independence from some city systems.