The Polish architect Jakub Szczesny started designing this house, the Keret House , three years ago when he discovered this small free space between two buildings in Warsaw, Poland. Can you build a house just over a meter wide? and what is more important Can you live in such a limited space?
The house is elevated about three meters above ground level and has two floors. It is composed of a triangular structure formed with metal profiles. It measures about ten meters deep and nine meters high. Despite its tiny size it has a bedroom, a bathroom and a kitchen.
The house is used as a temporary residence for artists, with a duration of the stay of between five to seven days. Due to the laws of Poland it is too small to be considered a full time residence so it is in charge of the Polish Art Foundation. The inspiration for the size of the house came from the Israeli writer Etgar Keret, known for writing very short stories. Szczesny has imagined him as the perfect resident.
The metal structure is covered by semitransparent plastic plates which allows an entry of light in sufficient quantities to give the feeling that the space is greater.
This house that the architect raised as a challenge shows that limitations are not an impediment to developing creativity. Architecture is the art of building within limits, rarely the space over which the architect has to act is unlimited.