'World's thinnest house' gets closer to big opening

Warsaw, Poland, will soon be home to an abode that's a mere 4 feet wide and built for artists and intellectuals with broad imaginations.

Etgar Keret's House is situated in the crack between buildings on 22 Chlodna St. and 74 Zelazna St. in Warsaw, Poland. Centrala

Good news for giraffes! Construction has started on a house that's being called the world's narrowest.

The dwelling -- located in a passageway between two buildings in Warsaw, Poland's Wola district -- measures 47 inches at its widest point and 27 inches at its thinnest.

Polish architect Jakub Szczesny of the architecture collective Centrala conceived of the super-slender abode for acclaimed Israeli writer Etgar Keret, who will live and work in the space for part of the year.

When Keret's not using the home, artists and intellectuals from around the world will be invited to stay there for days and weeks at a time.

The home's steel exterior looks like a capsule lodged between two buildings. Inside, amazingly, inhabitants will find all the amenities -- except, of course, for a 60-inch flat-panel TV.

Nearby buildings will provide electricity, and the little roost will rely on an independent, boat-inspired water and sewage system, according to Architizer. Remote control stairs will flatten against a wall and pop out when inhabitants want to venture outside for a yoga class.

Szczesny says living in Etgar Keret's House will require a "spaceship-like adaptability." But that's why it's being built for artists and thinkers, as it's "intended to stimulate the inhabitants with the unusual feeling of being restricted by their surroundings," explains ITN News.

Etgar Keret's House is slated to open in mid-October. It probably won't prove a comfortable venue for parties, unless the guests have really expansive minds and can hold their breath.

Amazingly, Etgar Keret's House has several distinct rooms. Centrala
This is what it looks like when the steel frame of a super-slim house gets carried by crane. Centrala

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