The World’s Narrowest Buildings Are Pretty Awesome

The World’s Narrowest Buildings Are Pretty Awesome

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We know you love tiny homes. You can pretty much take them anywhere, they”re eco-friendly, and they typically won”t break the bank. But what happens when you still want to save space, but can”t fit everything you need into a tiny house?

That”s where these narrow buildings come in. They might have a few hundred more square feet than those oh-so-cute tiny homes, but they”re not too roomy. Some of them function as family homes, while others host businesses willing to put up with cramped spaces and goofy architectural choices. Some of them are even spite homes, created to contest land disputes in the cheekiest way possible. Either way, they”re all worth a look.

The Skinny House, Boston

The Skinny House, Boston

This four-story home measures just over 10 feet at its widest point. It can only be entered through a small alley on the side.

17th-Century Gable House, Amsterdam

17th-Century Gable House, Amsterdam

This house is barely wider than the cars parked in front of it.

Tiny Row Homes, San Francisco

Tiny Row Homes, San Francisco

Here we have an entrance, a garage, a second floor…and not much else.

Flatiron Building, New York

Flatiron Building, New York

This one gets by on a technicality, as it”s also a skyscraper and takes up nearly an entire city block. Still, at its narrowest point, the Flatiron building measures just 6.5 feet wide.

O”Reilly Spite House, West Cambridge, Massachusetts

This tiny house, built in 1908, measures 37 feet long and 8 feet wide, with only 308 square feet of interior space.

Montlake Spite House, Seattle

Montlake Spite House, Seattle

It might not look like it, but this 860-square-foot home is just 55 inches wide at its narrowest end. I hope they never want to get a piano in there.

Spite House, Alameda, California

Spite House, Alameda, California

It takes all of five seconds to walk from one end of this house to the other.

Sam Kee Building, Vancouver

Sam Kee Building, Vancouver

This building holds the world record for shallowest commercial building. It”s only 4 feet and 11 inches deep from the front door to the back wall. It was built after the owner lost a decent chunk of land due to widening roads.

Newby-McMahon Building, Wichita Falls, Texas

Newby-McMahon Building, Wichita Falls, Texas

This building is commonly considered to be the world”s smallest skyscraper, as it was supposed to be much larger before construction was halted by a messy legal battle. It is now a historical site.

Mixed-Use Building, London

Mixed-Use Building, London

It”s a restaurant and a residence. In either case, would you want to be stuck in such cramped space? I certainly wouldn”t.

These amazing buildings really know how to bridge the gaps between their neighbors. Could you imagine living in something that”s 55 inches wide, though? You would barely have room to breathe!

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