Man Builds Incredibly Thin Spite House Just To Block His Brother’s View To The Sea

Published 4 years ago

Previously we’ve shown you some examples of good architecture and bad architecture but this time we got something different for you – the Al Ba’sa house in Beirut, Lebanon. What’s unique about the house is that it’s incredibly skinny and was built completely out of pettiness. The wedge-shaped four-story is the perfect example of a spite house – even its name translates to The Grudge from Arabic! However, unlike the 23 & 24 Leinster Gardens houses, this one is actually inhabited.

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When we say thin, we meany really thin – at its narrowest point, the Al Ba’sa measures at just 2 feet (60 cm)! Of course, its widest point is that wide either, measuring at just 13 ft (4 m).

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And just like its unique shape, the house has a unique story behind it. Locals say the house was built all the way back in the 1950s after two brothers got into an argument.

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The brothers had inherited a plot of land from their father and couldn’t decide what to actually build on it. It didn’t help that the land was oddly shaped because a part of it was taken up by various municipal infrastructure projects.

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The brother that got the wedge-shaped part of the land then decided to build the odd narrow building on it.

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“Why even bother?” you may ask – well, that’s where the pettiness part comes in. This house was erected purely for the purpose of blocking his brother’s view of the sea.

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The wedge-shaped house was the only thing that could be seen from the brother’s house, driving the value of the property way down. Talk about dedication just to ruin someone’s view.

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The Grudge has only two apartments, one for each floor, and has served as a brothel for some time before becoming a refugee shelter.

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Currently, the building is inhabited and will most likely remain intact for a long time, serving as the perfect monument to human stubbornness.

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Al Ba’sa, architecture, beirut, lebanon, spite house, The Grudge
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