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Narrowest House in The World just 1 Meter Wide

Today you’ll see a great example of what a woman did with a small piece of land without any “architectural” help: 2 rooms, kitchen, 3 bedrooms with washrooms and a veranda! This narrow house belongs to the lady in yellow – Helenita Queiroz Grave Minho , designed by her. She live in this 1 meter wide by 10 meter tall house in Madre de Deus, Brazil. At first, the municipality refused, but in the end with the plan allowed the construction, that became a touristic spot of the small town of 12 thousand people. I think that this project is a very unique idea and something like this could be designed in big cities where the space is really a problem, but to live daily in a house like this would be exhausting.Via – Ahboon

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  1. John said:
    November 6, 2007

    That kitchen is not 1 meter wide, just look at it. I don’t believe the dimensions that this article states.
    1 meter ~ 3 feet… the fridge alone is more than 1 foot deep and you could easily fit more than 3 fridges in that kitchen. Heck, she could easily lay down in that “1 meter wide kitchen” and I doubt she is shorter than 1 meter.
    I’m calling BS on this.

  2. Murple said:
    November 6, 2007

    That’s an amazing house! Given some of the space problems we’re seeing in big cities I can see similar solutions being used. I would need some larger space such as a yard, or a lot of windows, but that would be the claustrophobia I inherited from my grandmother.

  3. herval said:
    November 6, 2007

    The name is “Helenita Queiroz Grave Minho”, not “Record Minho”

  4. Code said:
    November 6, 2007

    That kitchen isn’t a meter wide. The house is probably wedge shaped since the door might be about a meter. The house wouldn’t really solve any space issues except that it can fit in a thinner piece of land. The house must be extremely long to make for any kind of acceptable living space. placing 4 of those side by side would be the vertical equivalent of a similar sized wide building having a horizontal apartment on every level.

  5. Andrea said:
    November 6, 2007

    Looking at the photo in the top-left corner, I could well believe the house is wider at the back than the front. Still, it doesn’t detract from it being a remarkable, if somewhat slightly hairball-schemed, building!

  6. Davis said:
    November 6, 2007

    That building is wedge shaped, it even shows in the pc room, getting bigger as it gets longer.

  7. Ken said:
    November 6, 2007

    Very interesting, but I’d never want to live there. It does appear that the house is wedge-shaped. The floor tile in the living room clearly shows that the walls are not parallel.

  8. Bonez said:
    November 7, 2007

    Murple……..What are you on about?!
    “Given some of the space problems we’re seeing in big cities I can see similar solutions being used”
    ok, so your saying we should build loads of houses like these or terraced versions. Thats a bloody stupid idea! This is just going to piss ppl off. No one in their right mind would want to live in a house like that, unless it was for the novelty factor which would wear off after one day.
    and when you say “I would need some larger space such as a yard, or a lot of windows” where do you plan on putting these windows, with this great space saving idea of terraced houses?

    Oh and if you actually had claustrophobia there is no way you would ever consider that to be an amazing house.

    End of rant!

    P.S. I’d say its nearly 3 meters wide in that kitchen.

  9. atomicd10 said:
    November 7, 2007

    It’s a Doctor Who house, bigger on the inside than on the outside.

  10. November 7, 2007

    Hi, I am from Brazil and this is true.

    The photos are from a brazilian newspaper:

    http://www.estado.com.br/editorias/2006/07/18/cid-1.93.3.20060718.29.1.xml

    The kitchen is larger than 1m wide. This is because the front of the house is 1 m wide and the back is larger.

    Bye!

  11. Greg said:
    November 7, 2007

    Wow. Althought the space is not perfect, this house shows incredible creativity, and injenuity, definately an out of the box idea.

    Building this prooves that one can utilize land spaces previously thought un-usuable by most, for housing and for other purposes. It also prooves that people actually want to live and/or work in these types of places. I could see this concept being used to make ultra small footprint offices and such.

    Sure the hose may be a wedge and perhaps as large a 3m wide on the back end, so what… I still say wow! Nice utilization of the space.
    She has gone where no man has gone before… in terms of archetecture anyway.

    Good job to the builder, and congratulations to the owner and designer of this new and beautiful house.

  12. John said:
    November 7, 2007

    yeah, sorry to be a nay sayer but that kitchen is much more than a meter wide

  13. November 8, 2007

    quite creative, interesting concept of being able to touch both opposing walls at the same time, I personally don’t feel comfortable in such a narrow space or even 39″ hallway needs windows or at least a mural

  14. Stanley said:
    November 12, 2007

    What the skeptics don’t realise is that she is a very small woman. The house is, indeed, 1 metre wide.

  15. claude said:
    April 19, 2008

    and i was worried tha the seafront house im buying, with a 13ft frontage was narrow!!! and was worried!

  16. jim said:
    June 10, 2008

    A metre is around 3ft no? Those kitchen tiles are a foot square…

  17. Bartek said:
    June 14, 2008

    I’m not sure if this is the narrowest house in the world. Look at this one: http://www.flickr.com/photos/baio/2558474246/in/set-72157605477712364/

    At least from the front it could be narrower, beacouse it’s wider on the other side.
    Built in 17th century.

  18. FPM said:
    September 11, 2008

    Back when i was a homeless rodeo clown I lived in a house like this but not anymore. Now I am a world class magician !

  19. bert waller said:
    February 3, 2009

    The house may be 1 meter (39.3 inches) at the front, but is
    approximately 7ft wide in the kitchen. Look at the floor tiles.
    The tiles are approx 1 ft (30 cm) in size. The floor is
    7 tiles wide, which comes to 7ft. The “1 meter” claim is a fraud!
    If you want to see a real 1 meter wide house, there is one in
    Uruapan, Mexico, 5 stories high, which you can Google.
    –bert–

  20. October 9, 2009

    Hey, that’s my house!! I’m so proud!

  21. Renu said:
    February 25, 2011

    Interesting

  22. jars said:
    March 4, 2011

    Very interesting, but I’d never want to live there. i like this . i love u full It does appear that the house is wedge-shaped. The floor tile in the living room clearly shows that the walls are not parallel.

  23. remixedcat said:
    May 21, 2011

    still bigger then most people’s apartments in NYC!

  24. Nemesio Cachola said:
    May 26, 2011

    Beautiful and amazing! But where’s the floor plan?

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