Yes - This House does make you look fat. While walking in the old Jewish ghetto in Warsaw three years ago, Jakub Szczesny, a Polish architect, became fascinated by the space between two apartment buildings and got the wild idea to build a house there. How crazy is this?
All Images Via The New York Times text By STEVEN KURUTZ photos Andreas Meichsner for The New York Times
A view of the living area with the trap door open and staircase exposed. The coat hanger is in keeping with Mr. Szczesny’s notion of adding “dots of color” to the all-white interior.
A view from the second floor to the living area below. The orange bean bag chair adds a pop of color and takes the place of an impossible-to-fit sofa.At a mere 35 inches wide, the living area feels more like a hallway. Visible on the floor is a trap door leading to the staircase entrance.
Photos of Etgar Keret’s family rest atop a cantilevered desk that’s been mounted to the building’s steel structure. The yellow chair offers a visual accent to the sterile, lab-like interior, painted white to counter the effect of claustrophobia.
Etgar Keret standing on Ikea sheets in the bedroom. The Israeli writer of very short stories flew to Warsaw for the opening last week and spent a night in the house that bears his name. “The house will be a portal to all kinds of artistic initiatives,” he said.
The sleeping area, accessed by a ladder, contains a bed and a small work desk. The downstairs living space also holds a small desk/table.
The house’s architect, Jakub Szczesny, belongs to a collective dedicated to experimental architecture. Building what is likely the world’s thinnest home presented “a fantastic set of impossibilities,” he said.
Mr. Keret likens Keret House to one of his stories: compact but containing all the necessary elements. The kitchenette features a miniature sink, cooktop stove and below-counter fridge, along with storage cabinets.
The bathroom, separated from the kitchen by a sliding door, recalls washing rooms on airplanes or in trailers. Mr. Szczesny merged the functions to save space, creating the possibility to sit on the toilet and take a shower at the same time. The floor is water resistant Corian.
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