While everybody loves to have a big living space, most people here aren’t able to find one in China’s highly packed cities. Taking the matter into their own hands, some talented folks in Haikou, Hainan built a super narrow building – one side was only 20cm!
This unauthorized architecture originally had four floors in total, with the widest side less than 3 meters long. Six people lived in it in total, in bedrooms on the second and third floor.
Sadly, the “narrowest building in Haikou” (as deemed by the public) was torn down on July 11. Authorities claimed that the brick built building was too fragile and there were serious safety concerns.
The public had different reactions to the news: Some felt that it was right to tear the building down, because it was not only a safety threat to the people living there, but to the rest of the neighborhood as well. Others appreciated the creativity of the architects, and felt much could be learned from their example to carve out living spaces for people in need.
It was quite beautiful – reminiscent of the microhomes movement happening in the developed world. Not only was it practical, it had a touch of the avante garde as well.
Perhaps this kind of structure will catch on in China’s ever urbanizing, ever more crowded big cities. With the relevant authorities’ permission of course.