“Curiouser and curiouser!” A Stairs-House?
Stairs-House or Kaidannoie in Shimane Prefecture, Japan designed by Y+M Design Office is a family house with a façade that forms a staircase to the roof. In designing the house for the young couple, both teachers, with two young children they requested three things; privacy, a design that provided warm and bright space and lastly a place that encourage gatherings. The use of the stair design definitely fulfills all three wishes plus more; it gives us a sense of durability, sturdiness while maintains a sort of playfulness.
How did accomplish these tasks?
To allow sunlight into the house, there are a number of glass slits in between the steps on the south side. The glass slits provide a dual purpose of vision connection and natural light along with privacy. Porcelain tiles are used for the stair shaped wall and require low maintenance. The design makes it the perfect place to sit and relax, take in views from the roof and maybe even stay in shape.
If this stair house was not sufficient check out the Iconic Tolo House by architect Alvaro Leite
Dezeen magazine. (n.d.). Stairs-House by Y+M Design Office – Dezeen. Retrieved from http://www.dezeen.com/2010/11/15/stairs-house-by-ym-design-office/