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A High-Rise House That’s Only 12 Feet Wide

The impossibly thin “Family House” in Barcelona makes your average supermodel look like a Sumo wrestler.

A High-Rise House That’s Only 12 Feet Wide

If buildings had human doppelgangers, this one’s would be ’90s-era Kate Moss, hands down. As ArchDaily reports, Ferrolan LAB‘s four-story Family House in Barcelona is so freakishly thin, it manages to pack nearly 4,000 square feet into a sliver of a frame just 12 feet wide.

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And somehow the place doesn’t look insanely cramped. The architects gave it the illusion of roominess by cutting a huge courtyard in the center of the building and leaving the surrounding rooms relatively open. (As slender as the house is, it’s got some junk in the trunk; front to back, it stretches a whopping 82 feet.)

Hand-controlled slats over south-facing windows and glass blocks stacked on the north-facing facade (below) throw sunlight indoors, but aren’t so transparent that residents’ every last indiscretion is on display a la Play Time. Which goes a long way toward saying that even if you can’t fit a couch in your living room, at least it’s nice, bright, and private.

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Now somebody go get that building a sandwich.

[More images at ArchDaily]

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Suzanne LaBarre is the editor of Co.Design. Previously, she was the online content director of Popular Science and has written for the New York Times, the New York Observer, Newsday, I.D

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