Top 10 SMALLEST Buildings In The WORLD
Today, we’re downsizing a bit. As a world, we’re so focused on the bigger picture that we sometimes forget the smaller, more whimsical things - like these 10 adorable structures that could make up the tiniest little village! From humble abodes to the little skyscraper that could, these are truly the tiniest of buildings. Claustrophobics beware!
Micro Compact Home
If you’re a fan of space or like to spread out a little bit, the Micro Compact Home is definitely not for you. This miniature home is made up of 7 square meter or 77 sqaure feet of space, which houses accommodations meant for short-term living arrangements. With an on-site kitchen and miniature living area and bathroom, this tiny home has everything you need to survive. At 38,000 Euros or roughly $42,000, the price may be a bit steep for the extremely small space you get, but for some people, there is no price that can be put on the level of privacy you receive if you live in one of these tiny structures alone. For the handyman or handywoman out there, know that there are many YouTube videos dedicating to teaching you how to build your very own tiny home for about half of the price.
Missionary Independent Spiritual Church
You don’t need a lot of space to praise the lord, or at least that’s the assumed motto of the Missionary Independent Spiritual Church in Forestville, California. Coming in at a very tiny 3.3 square meters or 36 square feet, this small red cottage is the smallest spiritual church in the world. On a daily basis, the church holds full services and is far more than a simple chapel. Though it is believed the Cross Island Chapel in Oneida, New York holds the non-existent record for smallest church, Missionary Independent is actually .03 square meters or .2431 square feet smaller. A seemingly small difference, but enough to separate the “world’s smallest” from “second smallest.”
The village of Needingworth in Cambridgeshire, England houses a structure with a rather curious purpose. The small brick building looks like an oversized fireplace, but it’s function isn’t to incinerate, but rather incarcerate. This one-man prison was used to house inmates for a short while before they were moved to a grander prison. Drunks, felons, and other criminals would spend brief days in the small lockup, the lone door being the only source for ventilation. The prison was built in 1838 and has since been decommissioned, with the words “1838 Village Lock-Up” inscribed on a plaque being the only indication of what the structure used to be. Now it stands as nothing more than a memory of Needingworth’s history, partially overtaken by Mother Nature.
Ochopee Post Office
We often think of post offices as larger operations that require a lot of people and joined efforts, but for the town of Ochopee, Florida, the exact opposite is true. In a 2.1 by 2.4 meter or 7 by 8 foot space, the entire town’s post office is run. Initially, this tiny building was used as an irrigation pipe shed for a tomato farm; but after a fire destroyed the Ochopee general store, which also housed the post office in 1953, the post office needed a new home. So now it sits in this miniscule office as the smallest post office in the world. One employee acts as the clerk for the office, which services a town with a population of around 11 people. The daily mail route, however, stretches 132 miles over 3 counties.
Prince Edward Island Library
Library booths have been popping up all over the world, but despite their convenience, they are nowhere near as fascinating as the miniscule structure that houses the Prince Edward Island library in Cardigan, Canada. If the Guinness World Records had a category for smallest library, this 3.5 by 3.5 meter or 11.5 by 11.5 foot space would likely take the prize. Run by John A MacDonald and his daughter, Alexandrea, the Prince Edward Island Library houses approximately 1,800 books and offers a simple $5 membership. Curious tourists can check the small structure out for free, though, and over the years it has attracted much drive-by attention.
If you’re with a large group of hungry people, Kuappi Restaurant is definitely not the place for you. In fact, if you’re dining with more than 2 people, you’ll need to take your business elsewhere, as this Islamic eatery is just big enough to serve a pair of guests. Sizing in at a whopping 8 square meters or 86 square feet, Kuappi is open during the summer at Iisalmi port. If you’re worried about the kitchen being right on top of the customer, worry not – due to the extremely small size, food is brought in from the neighboring Olut Mestari restaurant. If whether permits, diners can enjoy a waterfront view, though the restaurant will still only accommodate a party of two.
Alpette, Turin Elementary
Most of us complained about school and how overbearing the teachers can be, but imagine being the only student in a school. Alpette Elementary in Turin, Italy is the smallest school in the world, housing one classroom that is there for just one, lonely little student. The town of Alpette is quite small itself, topping off with a population of around 300 people; but to consider a school of just one student sounds ludicrous. It’s not an entirely new concept, though Alpette takes the spot for the small size of the building.
Playfully dubbed the “World’s Littlest Skyscraper,” this cute building is located in Wichita Falls, Texas. The Neoclassical-styled structure is only 12 meters or 40 feet tall, and 3 meters or 10 feet wide. Overall, it only offers approximately 10 square meters or 108 square feet of space, of which nearly ¼ is taken up by stairways that span the height of the structure. How did this seemingly useless building come to be? Contractor J.D. McMahon came up with a plan to swindle investors by promising a high-rise annex. The blueprints he produced were approved by his investors, likely because they didn’t notice the dimensions of the building were clearly labeled 12 meters or 480 inches, instead of 480 feet. Despite the legal battle that followed, the judge ruled in McMahon’s favor as he followed the blueprints exactly. Today, the building stands as a bit of Wichita Falls history, serving as a historic landmark.
Portland’s Flatiron Building
On the triangular intersection of West Burnside, SW Stark, and 12th Street in downtown Portland, Oregon stands a piece of west coast American history. The Flatiron Building, currently home of the Ringlers Annex and Espresso Bar, was built in 1916 and takes up an area of less than one acre. When it first opened, it was dubbed the “Smallest Commercial Building on the West Coast”, a title that likely aids in the appeal to whatever businesses may call it home. It has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places and has been home to a variety of uses, including a catering kitchen and talk radio station.
North Queensferry Lighthouse
If you’re wondering what the cutest building in the world it, we believe it to also be the smallest lighthouse in the world! Though this structure has since been decommissioned in 1964, it is still a grand little structure in North Queensferry, Scotland. Standing at a whopping 3.3 meters or 11 feet high, the lighthouse was built in 1817 by John Rennie, with a design by famed designer, Robert Stevenson. The trek from the bottom floor to the top of the light is a short, winding 24 steps. The housing for the light is so small that it can only fit two people, though comfort is definitely not guaranteed. The lighthouse was once used to guide the ferry passage that was done away with after the Forth Road Bridge opened, but now acts as a great tourist attraction, having been saved by the North Queensferry Heritage.