Skinny houses have a wider appeal than their footprint would suggest. With cities becoming denser, and land becoming rare and expensive, architects are increasingly challenged to design in urban infill spaces previously overlooked. Although designing within these unusual parameters can be difficult, they often require an individual, sensitive response, which can often lead to innovative, playful, even inspiring results. With that in mind, here are 22 houses with a narrow footprint, and a broad impact.

The Keret House – Jakub Szczesny


© Polish Modern Art Foundation - Bartek Warzecha

© Polish Modern Art Foundation – Bartek Warzecha

House in Nada – FujiwaraMuro Architects


© Toshiyuki Yano

© Toshiyuki Yano

skinnySCAR – Gwendolyn Huisman and Marijn Boterman


Courtesy of Gwendolyn Huisman and Marijn Boterman

Courtesy of Gwendolyn Huisman and Marijn Boterman

Blemen House – Blemen Architects


© Norihito Yamauchi

© Norihito Yamauchi

The White Snake – Space4architecture


© Beatrice Pediconi

© Beatrice Pediconi

The Junsei House – Suyama Peterson Deguchi


© Charlie Schuck

© Charlie Schuck

Surry Hills House – Benn & Penna Architecture


© Tom Ferguson

© Tom Ferguson

Les Tiennes Marcel – Mohamed Omaïs & Olivia Gomes architects

House H – HAO Design


© Hey!Cheese

© Hey!Cheese

Stacking green – Vo Trong Nghia Architects


© Hiroyuki Oki

© Hiroyuki Oki

Scenario’s House – Scenario Architecture


© Matt Clayton

© Matt Clayton

Grangegorman Residence – ODOS architects


Courtesy of ODOS architects

Courtesy of ODOS architects

7×18 House – AHL architects associates


© Hung Dao

© Hung Dao

Grown House – FHHH FRIENDS


© Kyung Roh

© Kyung Roh

Lucky Drops – Atelier Tekuto


© Makoto Yoshida

© Makoto Yoshida

Two Homes in Jeongwang-dong – Maasarchitecture


© Namsun Lee

© Namsun Lee

The Acute House – OOF! architecture


© Nic Granleese

© Nic Granleese

Saigon House  – a21studio


© Quang Tran

© Quang Tran

House for Pottery Festival – Office for Environment Architecture


© Yuko Tada

© Yuko Tada

Vertical Loft – Shift Architecture Urbanism


©  Rene de Wit

© Rene de Wit

Islington Maisonette – Larissa Johnston Architects


© Rory Gardiner

© Rory Gardiner

House of 33 Years – ASSISTANT


© Shinkenchiku-sha

© Shinkenchiku-sha