Jakub Szczęsny, the architect who designed the house says he often walked along the narrow passage and was fascinated by the idea of building something there.
The space is compressed between two buildings: a pre-war building and an 11-story post-war condominium. Being a representative of a collective dedicated to experimental architecture, he decided to bridge the gap. Not only did he fill the void by compressing the apartment but he also built a bridge between the past and the present. Israeli writer Etgar Keret was chosen by the architect as the project ambassador and honorary resident, thanks to his Jewish heritage, his Polish roots and his reputation as a short story writer.
The 14-square-meter building is not a unique project in Szczęsny's portfolio: he loves designing small-scale objects. As for Keret House, he commented:
"The most interesting challenges for an architect are always those that require the combination of many elements with an existing space context or budget. Therefore, reduction is an interesting topic - it refers to completely different forms of ergonomic design and organization than those commonly established. from the design manuals. It's kind of an equation with many unknowns. "
See photos of the house
Project realised thanks to help of Bureau of Culture of City of Warsaw
Project is partnered by NationalCulture Center ( NCK )