Spite buildings are constructed mostly by people who want to annoy their neighbours or a party with stakes in land they are eyeing as well. And people do this mostly by blocking their access to say, sunlight or other buildings. Are you wondering where this random, but fascinating, trivia is headed towards? Well, a Twitter user recently posted a picture of the thinnest building in Beirut along with a tidbit of information as the caption: “The Grudge Building in Manara is Beirut’s thinnest building (<1m). The owner built it to block his brother’s property’s sea view.” Yes, and you thought your brother was the worst? Go give him a hug, silly!
Reportedly, the brothers had inherited each plot from their father. But since the infrastructure reclaimed one of the plots, the owner decided to build what is the region’s thinnest building and blocked his brother’s view of the Mediterranean sea. According to a blog Spatiallyjustennironmentsbeirut, the building was named Al Ba’sa (in Arabic) which means The Grudge in Enlgish. The structure was built with the intention to devalue the other brother’s plot. A classic case of ‘dog in the manger’, if you may.
Interestingly, the structure apparently also came to be known as Queen Ship and one of the rooms within was used as a brothel during the Lebanese civil war (1975 to 1990). The tweet, which shared pictures of the building, thereafter got people on the Internet talking. They began by sharing more pictures of ‘spite buildings’ from across the world.
The Grudge Building in Manara is Beirut’s thinnest building (<1m). The owner built it to block his brother’s property’s sea view pic.twitter.com/ABBnkBdQKD
— Emily Dische-Becker (@Emilydische) November 14, 2017
— Marcovaldo (@marco_to66) November 14, 2017
the pettiness is <kisses fingertips>
— SUBS (@SubMedina) November 15, 2017
Old saying in Hindi roughly translated as ” No one can be a bigger enemy than a brother”
— S.N.Chauhan (@Snc_ibn_NNC) November 14, 2017
Marino Crescent in Dublin has one part higher in order to block the then sea view from the Casino in Marino. The builder hadn’t been allowed to use the Casino’s owner’s bridge to bring building supplies, having to ship them. Thus he exacted his revenge. pic.twitter.com/6oXMNtRrA5
— Eoin O’Malley (@AnMailleach) November 15, 2017
In Minyara, in northern Lebanon there are two swimming pools overlooking the land below. The higher one was built after he fell out with his brother, who owns the one lower on the hillside so he could have the one with the better view…
— Phil (@Unofficial_Phil) November 15, 2017
— Ega K. (@ega_arch) November 16, 2017