Top 10 Narrowest, Thinnest And Super Skinny Buildings

I am not a rich person, but I am a happy one. I have a great family and a roof over my head, for me that is more than I could have asked for. But one day I hope to buy my own house! One that I can call my own, one that is my very own piece of land! Given that I am rather tall maybe I should have own one of these houses…

 


Top 10 Narrowest, Thinnest And Super Skinny Buildings


 

Thin house in Virginia, USA
Thin house in Virginia, USA

10 – Virginia, USA
www.roadsideamerica.com/tip/23898

At just under 7 feet wide it is not much wider than I am tall! But this is no new build, constructed in 1830 it is often called “The Spite House” and was built to block access to the alley between the two existing houses.

Thin house in Clapham, UK
Thin house in Clapham, UK

9 – Clapham, UK
www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2367293/Welcome-wedge-90in-wide-house-expands-22ft-transformed-800-000-luxury-home.html

How much would you pay for a house that is just 7ft 7ins wide and only 721 square feet in size? Try £800,000! This is of course London we are talking about and with living space at a premium people will try to make anything into a luxury home!

Thin house in Osaka, Japan
Thin house in Osaka, Japan

8 – Osaka, Japan
www.archdaily.com/73463/house-in-showa-cho-fujiwaramuro-architects/

What I like about this one is that it is ultra modern and shows what great use of space a modern architect can come up with! This house might only be 9 feet wide, but the large amount of glass will certainly make it feel a lot more.

Thin house in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico
Thin house in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico

7 – Old San Juan, Puerto Rico
www.mnn.com/your-home/remodeling-design/photos/9-of-the-worlds-thinnest-buildings/la-casa-estrecha-old-san-juan

While not the thinnest on this list, it is certainly the most colourful. At just 5ft wide it is indeed worthy of being in this list, but I think the colour of it makes up for how thin it is.

Thin house in Warsaw, Poland
Thin house in Warsaw, Poland

6 – Warsaw, Poland
www.dezeen.com/2012/10/31/worlds-narrowest-house-by-jakub-szczesny/

Enough messing around already, let me answer the big question: What and where is the thinnest house in the world? Well, it is made by Jakub Szczesny and believe it or not it is just 3 feet wide!!! And I will end this one with a quote by the architect that built it “It requires a sense of humour, as you cannot stay too long in one place.”

Thin house in Great Cumbrae, UK
Thin house in Great Cumbrae, UK

5 – Great Cumbrae, UK
news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/1634975.stm

This is “The Wedge” and is officially the UK’s thinnest home!  And with a thin point at just 6.7ft it really is a tight squeeze, and it is also in the Guinness Book of Records for having the narrowest recorded frontage of any house in the world.

Thin house in Matsudo, Tokyo
Thin house in Matsudo, Tokyo

4 – Matsudo, Tokyo
www.huhmagazine.co.uk/2285/lucky-drops-house

This house made by Yasuhiro Yamashita and Atelier Tekuto is called “Lucky Drops” is 9ft wide, 96ft tall! With its trapezoid look, it really is very impressive and quite modern!

Thin house in Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Thin house in Boston, Massachusetts, USA

3 – Massachusetts, USA
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skinny_House_(Boston)

Believe it or not this house in one of the widest in this list! At 10.4 ft, it is a bit of a wide boy, but then again it is a 4 story house so some wide support structure is needed.

Thin house in Toronto, Canada
Thin house in Toronto, Canada

2 – Toronto, Canada
izismile.com/2009/03/31/the_smallest_house_is_on_sale_9_pics.html

There are not many houses in the World that people would call “cute” but this has to be one of them. At 7.25ft wide and 113.67ft long it really is very thing but long, the racing snake of homes! Before anyone asks, this is a long way off being the Worlds smallest home.

Thin house in Charleston, USA
Thin house in Charleston, USA

1 – Charleston, USA
www.charlestoncitypaper.com/charleston/controversial-flag-still-flying-from-spoleto-91/Content?oid=4085159

This impossibly narrow house is, in fact, an art project by David Hammons. Done is a Charleston single house style it really is very contact and even has an upstairs balcony!

38 thoughts on “Top 10 Narrowest, Thinnest And Super Skinny Buildings”

  1. I have heard of a “spite fence” but not a “spite house”. I am a bit claustrophobic, so I would have some trouble in such a small house – plus I am also a pack rat – no storage!

  2. Claustrophobia! I’d be trampling anyone in my way on the mad dash OUT! Jeezers, I’m having difficulty breathing just looking at the pictures.

    Your blog is always very entertaining. You make me squirm away from icky stuff, choke myself laughing at the funny stuff, make me say “Ah, how cute” with the animal stuff, and take my breath away – as in today’s post. Always a fantastic read.

    Leslie

  3. Nice one. This makes me appreciate my home even more and taught me to really used up every space in my home. Thank you.
    I am so blessed. I cannot imagine how could those owners live in them. Their home is so compact.

    Bianca
    Instagram: benedetta_crafty
    http://www.benedettacrafty.com

  4. Very interesting and some are very cute. But….. I probably do need to downsize in the near future (not that my house is huge, just gotten to be too much!), I do believe I still want a bit more house than what is pictured here! 🙂

  5. These are really cool! Living in a commune I only have this one bedroom that’s really mine but this list made it seem like a castle, hehe.

  6. Aren’t these great!?! Human ingenuity and all that – I am tickled by the spite house – and the lengths someone went to ….. 🙂 No 2 is so cute – looks more like a fancy dog kennel than a home though, nestled between those super sized houses. Great list Russell!

  7. This got me thinking, could we adapt to smaller space, and less cluster. We are very lucky that we have lots of space in our current home. My only thought on this thin homes, you are very close to your neighbors. Thanks again for always making the top ten, a top read. Ivan

  8. If you click on the images, most of the links have views/images of what it looks like inside, I couldn’t live in them, but then again they say home is where the heart is.

  9. those are cool. I love some of the “thin” houses in Japan that are frequently showcased are showcased because of the innovative storage that they have. It’s amazing. And makes me feel blessed for my house that is well over 7′ wide!

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