Claustrophobes, hoarders, and people who enjoy stretching their arms without ramming their knuckles into the wall, meet the house of your nightmares. This is the Keret House in Warsaw, Poland; situated between two buildings, it’s only 4-feet across at its widest point, and a panic attack-inducing 28-inches at its narrowest. The terrifying marvel of engineering came to be after Polish architect Jakub Szczesny walked by what he calls an “appealing cushion of air” between two buildings and decided it would be the perfect spot for a home. The building process was plagued by logistical nightmares, but now that’s it’s finally finished, Szczesny says he’s ready to celebrate: “I’m going to get drunk for the first time in my life.” After looking at this photo, I think I’m going to join him.
What about you guys? Does the Keret House freak you out? Would you rather spend the night here or in a spacious haunted mansion? [NYT]
Not going to lie, watching Manhattan architect Luke Clark Tyler, who lives in a 76 square foot apartment, talk about his living space kind of gave me heart palpitations. I get a little queasy and claustrophobic when i think about being in a tiny room like that. I hate confined spaces! Also, $800 is A LOT of money to pay for such a small apartment — even in New York City. Okay, I need to walk away from this video now and go breathe into a paper bag. [Hit Dan Back
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How did 23-year-old Kristy Nicholson go from severe claustrophobic to genie in a bottle circus performer? Oh, she had her mother stuff her into a cupboard every day. Kristy was a skilled contortionist with a dream of joining the Circus of Horrors, but her fear of tight spaces held her back until her mom had a brilliant idea. She would help Kristy overcome her fear by shoving her into laundry baskets, cupboards, and animal cages a few times a day. Once Kristy got used to the enclosed spaces, she began using her skill to hide in unlikely places and scare her family members. All the practice paid off and now she is able to squeeze herself into a two-foot by 18-inch glass capsule, but only after getting her appendix removed. And that, my friends, is one way to cure claustrophobia. [Daily Mail UK] Keep reading »