When Size Doesn’t Matter
2010 December 1
Size doesn’t matter when you’re inventive enough to know what to do with some extra space. Architect Bjorn Siemsen proved this in the German city of Kiel which now claims to have the “narrowest” house in Europe. The six-story building is sandwiched between two larger buildings, is 2.8 feet at its narrowest point and about 15 feet in front. Siemsen was essentially working with a gap between two buildings and since the space was so small, he simply used his neighbors’ walls for his own home. The natural insulation from the other buildings helped conserve space and energy. Siemsen won an environmental award for his brilliant yet narrow home.