oure looking for somewhere with plenty of room, itll be slim pickings at what architects of this new home are claiming is the narrowest property in the world. The home - complete with bedroom, lounge, bathroom and kitchen - is just under 60inches wide and is so narrow that the builders have abandoned a traditional staircase in favour of a ladder.
Each of the four storeys goes back nearly 40ft with a room on each floor of the apartment, crammed into an alley between an old tenement block and a tower block in Warsaw, Poland.
I saw the gap and just thought it needed filling. It will be used by artists, said architect Jakub Szczesny. The first resident will be Israeli writer Etgar Keret after British historian Norman Davies turned down the chance to live there. The worlds official narrowest house, The Wedge, on the island of Great Cumbrae off Scotlands North Ayrshire coast, measures just 47 inches at the front - but spreads to 22ft as it moves back from the road.
It was sold as a holiday home in 2000 for 27,000. 'Ours is the same all the way through, so we are narrower for longer, said one of the Polish design team.
Another house that has hit the headlines for lacking width can be found in Brighton. The house owned by Iain and Rachel Boyle is only 6ft wide and 21ft from front to back. The couple, who run a publishing business, bought the building in the Hollingdean area of the city for 8,000 13 years ago. They spent another 15,000 turning it into a stylish pid-a-terre and now rent it out.
America also has a famously slim property - 75 1/2 Bedford St in New York, which is a mere 9.5ft wide and 30ft deep. MO