A Man Built Skinniest Building In Lebanon To Ruin His Brother’s Seafront View

Skinniest Building Was Built Because A Man Wanted To Ruin His Brother's Seafront View FI

Ironically, Lebanon’s skinniest building is now among the most valued real estate. The building called ‘The Grudge,’ dates back to 1954, when it was constructed reportedly out of spite.

Situated in Beirut, the skinny building is known by locals as “al-Ba`sa,” which loosely means “the Grudge” in Arabic.

the grudge

It is 2 feet wide at its narrowest point, 14 feet at its widest, and was built after the owner reportedly received a less favorable plot of land than his brother.

Apparently, the brother sought revenge by way of inconvenience.

To take petty sibling rivalry to another level – he built a building that is as thin as a wall — with the sole purpose of ruining his brother’s seafront view.

But despite its petite size, the building was habitable, has rooms, a kitchen, huge windows for sunlight, and, of course, a sea view.

side view of the building

But interestingly, it is now one of the most valued real estate properties in the city. Sandra Rishani, an architect and urban planner says the building “is a tribute to the failure of planners to realize the effects of their macro-scale interventions in socio-political, economic, and built localities.” 

A Man Built Skinniest Building In Lebanon To Ruin His Brother's Seafront View

According to the story, it started after the brothers inherited two plots from their father. They were unable to reach a conclusion on how to split the land and the dispute was further exacerbated after one part of the property was taken into road infrastructure.

A Man Built Skinniest Building In Lebanon To Ruin His Brother's Seafront View

The property gained international attention after urban planner and architect Sandra Rishani researched the building for a collection of forgotten stories entitled “Beruit Re-Collected” in 2014.

In her essay published on Jadaliyya, Rishani recalled marveling at how narrow the building was when she approached a concierge from the building next door. ‘”Yes, I know. It’s shocking. It’s a wall. But people used to live in it,'” she wrote.

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Image credits: Sandra Rishani

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