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Architect couple’s 11-foot-wide house makes small living stylish

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Dutch architects Gwendolyn Huisman and Marijn Boterman designed this 11-foot-wide black-brick house (at right) for themselves in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
Photos by Vincent van Dordrecht via Dezeen

Japan doesn’t have a monopoly on the skinny house, though the southeast Asian country’s dense metropolises have garnered attention for their affinity for the dwelling type. Case in point? This 3.4-meter-wide (that’s 11 feet), 20-meter-deep (65 feet) home for an architect couple in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

Dutch architects Gwendolyn Huisman and Marijn Boterman designed this narrow home for themselves. It features a black-masonry facade punctuated by two protruding, square windows and strategic perforations that let light into the interiors.

Things inside are minimally appointed, but include playful, multi-use storage and furniture that make things livable; an indoor hammock, built into a section of the floor on the second level, offers a place to relax, while a plywood bookshelf built around a concrete structural column in the house provides storage space.

Take a closer look around over at Dezeen.