The World’s Thinnest Building


Today, I took the family to Chinatown for the Chinese New Year celebration. Vancouver’s Chinatown is home to the world’s thinnest building. It is so thin, I can stretch out my arms and reach either ends of the building.

The world’s thinnest building is home to Jack Chow Insurance. Jack (no relation to me as far as I know) uses the building as part of his promotional tool when trying to sell insurance. People going to the building to buy insurance from Jack may find the inside a bit cramp however. It’s pretty much standing room only. Here is a picture of the inside.


I’ll have photos from the Chinese New Year celebration later.

21 thoughts on “The World’s Thinnest Building”

  1. Small Potato says:

    Where are the lion dance pics John?

  2. Alex Shalman says:

    So, how many stories is it?

    1. John Chow says:

      Two stories. I met Jack Chow. He came out and took that above picture.

      1. Jeff says:

        It’s surprising that such a thin building can hold 2 stories.. but then concrete is a strong thing.

        1. Nomar says:

          that is really small, cool

  3. Gdog says:

    Gung Hay Fat Choy, John Chow! If anyone is visiting Vancouver, you must visit Victoria and see their Chinatown, as it’s Canada’s oldest and smallest.

    1. Jeff says:

      Oldest yet smallest? what an oxymoron.

  4. Shawn Knight says:

    Wow and I thought my apartment was small…

  5. Mark Johnson says:

    Happy Chinese New Year John… from all over here at Techzoogle!

  6. Marc says:

    That’s a great marketing tool. All kinds of possibilities aside from the obvious. Looks like a large bus stop 🙂

    1. Leftblank says:

      Heh, sure thing, I bet it’s quite an attention seeker from the outside though, it looks pretty funny from the side as well.

  7. Tyler says:

    Crazy small.. reminds me of the new Red Brick Coho homes (in Pitt Meadows) they have by my work. They are literally 20 feet across, though they are 3 stories (1st floor being front door and garage at the back.

    Though that building only being like 6-6.5ft in width is tiny!

    1. Tyler says:

      Though I wonder what his monthly rent on that place is!

      1. John Chow says:

        Rent is zero. Jack Chow owns the building.

  8. Kenny says:

    This is a really cool building, I took a bunch of photos there when I was there. On the sidewalk if I remember correctly, it looks like there is office space underneath. Is that part of the Jack Chow Insurance building?

  9. Nick says:

    Thats crazy, I’ll have to check it out over summer when I come to Canada – lol.

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  10. Kalle says:

    Wow, that is a thin building. 😀

  11. Hmm… world’s thinnest building – is that according to Guinness World Records?

    So, does he use that a lot to promote his business – does he have a huge sign that says “World’s Thinnest Building!”?

  12. David says:

    wow…that is really small…I’ve known about it, but never made the trip down to see it.

  13. HMTKSteve says:

    When he makes his sales pitch does he tell the customer that he saves a bundle on insurance because he has so few square feet to insure?

  14. Ajith says:

    when you come to India you can see some thinner buildings they ar public toilets 😆

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