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Keret House
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About

An extremely narrow apartment showing that "unnecessary" space in cities can be used for living

Detailed Description:
14 square meters - It’s an extremely tight fit to say the least. Yet it squeezes in a bathroom, kitchen, and a reasonable place to sleep, in the crack between two other buildings.

Known drawbacks of design:
-

Website:
http://centrala.net.pl/our-work/keret

Designed in:
2012

Status of realization:
In production

Challenge(s):
Habitation

Region of use:
Europe

Form/Impact/Context

Form
The building measures 92 centimetres (3.02 ft) at its narrowest point and 152 centimetres (4.99 ft) at its widest point. The iron structure contains two floors, and has one bedroom, a kitchen, and a bathroom. It has no windows that open, sunlight only entering through a screen of small holes in the bedroom 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. 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.

Impact
By demonstrating that there is no such thing as an unnecessary space in our growing cities, the architect took advantage of this left out hole between two buildings. Nothing "useful" could be put in this space, not even 2 m wide - yet the two buildings were high and the total area of unused space was quite significant. This house (which in Polish regulation is counted as an art installation due to to its size) aims to show that there are architectural solutions to every environment, and that a lot of space that we find useless actually can be turned into a house, an office or perhaps something completely different!

Context
Shortage of housing is an issue in nearly every larger city. Students and low-income individual have tremendous problems to find affordable (if yet ANY) housing. The cities can't keep expanding horizontally forever, so innovative solutions and perhaps a new definition of what a "house" is are needed.

Other relevant information
The Keret House is located between 22 Ch?odna Street and 74 ?elazna Street in Warsaw, and is designated as the narrowest house in the world. 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";his parents' families died in World War II when Nazi Germany controlled much of Poland.

Business

Is the design protected by patent or ip registration?
creative commons

How has the development of the design been financed hereunto?
External investments

Is there a plan for future investments?
Not known

Is there in-house competencies to secure market roll out of the design, with regards to investment, distribution, sales, etc.?
Not known

Credits

Designed by:
Jakub Szcz?sny

Title/Role:
Designer/Artist

Professional status of designer:
Working

Nationality:
Poland

City/Country of residence:
Poland