Keret House - La casa mas delgada del mundo

Dejo de ser un proyecto para pasar a ser una realidad. Nos referimos a la Keret House La casa mas delgada del mundo que hace poco fue terminada. Localizada en el barrio Wola de Varsovia (Polonia) esta estructura fue planeada desde sus inicios para ser insertada entre dos construcciones ya existentes. 

La estructura está formada por perfiles de acero, formando tres niveles. El primero está ocupado por la sala, comedor, cocina, y el cuarto de baño al fondo. Al siguiente se sube por una escalera de pared, y en él encontraremos un espacio de escritorio y la cama. El último piso es técnico, quedando el perfil de la vivienda encerrado en un triángulo rectángulo, donde el lado que forma su hipotenusa está revestido con paneles de policarbonato translúcido, que aseguran una buena iluminación natural en su interior.

Este singular edificio será un lugar de trabajo, creado para el escritor israelí Etgar Keret, pero también funcionará como alojamiento para jóvenes artistas de todo el mundo. 

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Miniature means possible.

Architect Jakub Szczęsny on the project.

Is Keret House really a house?

Well, Keret House is an example of art installation. ­Although its dimensions are miniature, it can easily be an autonomous place used for living as well as working. It enables living and working in Wola –which is basically the heart of Warsaw. It takes the form of an insert between two existing buildings which represent different historical periods in Warsaw’s history.
The House is planned to be located on the plot measuring 92 centimeters in its narrowest point and 152 centimeters in its widest point. That is why at first it seems that the construction of living space within such premise is impossible. Keret House is to contradict that false image, simultaneously broadening the concept of impossible architecture.

Will it really be possible to live in Keret House?
The house will be equipped with all functional elements ranging from entrance door-mats to a refrigerator. Of course, the furnishings are designed to match the scale of the building – the entrance door-mat will be the stairs’ last step and the miniature refrigerator will be able to hold only a couple of soda cans. It will also have a mini-bathroom, mini-bed and even a mini cesspool. Each element will be functional. Just like in a dwarf’s house!

How will Chłodna and Żelazna Streets change after Keret ­House erection?
It will be a significant change for all places in which an enigmatic and suggestive artistic tampering with public space took place. The first effect should be that of surprise. One should ask “What is this, really?” In the long-term Keret 
House shall be of advantage to the local community and to the district of Wola. It will stimulate the district’s art scene. Intellectuals invited by Etgar Keret will frequently visit the space, not to mention that for the international media, the project may become a symbol of the new, contemporary Warsaw – a city open to non-standard art forms and ideas. For the Wola locals and ordinary tourists it will just be a pleasant surprise. A curiosity.

Why here?
The house is located here, because it is here that two architectural layers from two historical epochs tangene. The first is a brick building on Żelazna Street – a fragment of the pre-world war II city, almost no longer existing. The second – a cooperative concrete apartment building, an element of an “imposed structure”, which was aimed at negating the previous city landscape. Their adjacency is coincidental – like many architectural structures in Warsaw. Keret House is a perfect example of the so-called “non-matching” in the city’s urban fabric.It is a structure, which by way of contrast tries to unrelate/separate from its surrounding area and at the same time tries to act as its binding element. 
Another reason is the city’s war history – where the house is located, two ghettos - the large ghetto and the small ghetto met. Only a few steps from the house, a bridge connecting the two closed spaces, stood.

Etgar Keret, an Israeli writer is the ambassador of the Project. Why was he the one who was invited to the House?
The House will be designed to be used by different artists, but it is Etgar Keret who is the space’s patron and its main, symbolic tenant. First of all – he publically declared that he’d like to move to Warsaw for some time. Secondly, for him this is a symbolic return to the city where his parents met. In practice, it is He is the one to whom we hand the keys over -he can freely dispose of it and enable its use to other artists/intellectuals willing to spend some time in this narrow artistic space.

How long will the house stand for?
We are hoping that it will be available for a period of at least 4 years, which has to do with the year of European Culture in Wrocław in 2016. We are planning to support the idea of the House’s inhabitants’ rotation and create a program of artistic “stays” for artists of various sorts. The artists would spend a couple of hours each day, working and inviting people (chosen by way of a web lottery) for discussion sessions, presentations and readings. This was Etgar’s idea.

So, each citizen of Warsaw can knock on its door?
I think so, yes. The same way as for architectural aficionados it is possible to knock on the door of various experimental private homes around the world. Their tired inhabitants from time to time open their doors to tourists which I was a witness of, 15 years ago at the Villa d’Alba in Paris’s Bois d’Bologne.

What other projects around the world can you is this project similar to?
Mainly, to projects of Japanese architects, working on narrow, post-agricultural plots. They’re extraordinarily organized, especially those designed by Satoshi Kurosaki or Fujiwara Muro. Moreover, we can compare them to Dutch houses – a very narrow house at Singel 7 in Amsterdam or James Holden’s micro-houses.

You live in a narrow space yourself. Are you a miniature-
-project architect?
My apartment in Warsaw is 21,5 square meters! That’s a lot! In Warsaw we still have many 16 square meter apartments and just recently I had the pleasure of touring a 12 meter pied-a terre. For an architect challenges in which you have to combine many elements with an existing special and budget context are the most interesting ones. That’s why the concept of reduction is fascinating. It deals with entirely new forms of design and ergonomic organization than those presented by design textbooks. It’s an equation with many ­unknowns.

1 personas comentaron:

  1. Una idea del todo original, esta muy buena y todos pagarían mucho dinero por vivir en ella o visitarla. Llegue aquí buscando casas en venta df, ojala en mexico alguna vez hicieran algo asi!! le agrega mucho valor a la cuidad sin mencionar lo importante que pasa a ser la calle y el barrio.

    Muy bueno, gracias por compartir estas noticias