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A Pied-à-Terre for a Teeny Footprint


Renderings: Courtesy of Jakub Szczesny

Project: Keret House
Architects: Centrala
Date: End of 2012

Architect Jakub Szczesny’s super-slim structure in Warsaw’s Wola District will be sandwiched between a prewar building and a late-sixties, Communist-era building. He says the positioning is a comment on the neighborhood’s divided past: “The buildings were not touching each other, which is symbolic of the ignorance during the Communist period.” At its widest point, the house will measure just four feet; at its narrowest, 28 inches. And until Szczesny procures a housing permit, it’s for now technically considered a temporary art installation, not a residence. The project is named after Israeli writer Etgar Keret, for whom the podlike space will function as a second home. When he isn’t in Warsaw, it will double as a studio for visiting writers and other creative types. May their imaginative powers prove expansive.

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