The plot was small, the solution was building high with an internal staircase where life is alive.
For anyone living on more than one level, stairs in the home are a fact. Of course, there are many ways to build a staircase, and where anyone might prefer to “hide” the staircase in the hallway, there are others who make the link between the floors of the dwelling converted into a work of art in itself.
Japan is a country where the past few years have seen many things and a lot of innovative and unique architecture. In the vast and densely populated metropolitan areas of the country there is often room shortage and small plots that make architects compelled to think new and creative.
High and thin
And certainly neither lacked the creativity nor the ability to think again when architect Akihisa Hirata designed this very special house for a young family in Tokyo. The house, named S House, should be put on what was basically a narrow and frantic plot, and according to the design and architectural site Freshome, the architect had to think in the height to accommodate a home for the little one the family of four.
From the outside there is not much either remarkable or unusual with the little house – located in a very densely populated residential area of the capital. But it’s only until you step inside the house.
The staircase is the core of the house
In most homes over two or more floors, the staircase is only the link between the floors, neither more nor less. However, this is not the case in this house.
The space and space available to build here was not great, explains architect Akihisa Hirata to the website Trendhunter.com.
So to accommodate the rooms and facilities the family wanted, it was not only necessary to build on several floors to take advantage of space in height, but also to “squeeze” as much storage and storage space as possible enter where it is possible.
Stay in the staircase
The solution the young architect came up with was to make the actual staircase a central part of the living space in the house, incorporating both zones and spaces in this.
– Now the whole interior centers around the big staircase, supported by three powerful pillars, explains Hirata.
– So from the ground floor where you enter the house, and all the way up the top of the house, it’s the staircase which are the key elements that all other rooms and features cater for.
The architect explains that with the big focus on the stairs, both visually and also functionally, it is in many ways as if the rest of the interior fades a little into the background.
– Here in this house is the staircase that is allowed to beam.
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Like a maze
The whole house is a unique mix of corners, edges and steps, and reminds me more of a maze than a family home.
– We looked for us – as this was a family with children – that the house would be an exciting place for children to be and explore, explains Hirata.
– The stairway opens directly into the various rooms of the house, while the stairway itself is both living area and the connecting area between the floors.
The same type of parquet flooring in stairs and all rooms makes the distinction between these almost appear as “wiped away”.
To insure enough light into the home, many small windows perforate the walls, which means that both the staircase and the rooms around are filled with natural daylight – and make the small house appear to be larger than it actually is.
A smart and easily accessible shelf system decorates the walls, making room for a lot of storage, while things are always readily available and in the eye.
Suitable for those who like the words
Architect Hirata has full understanding that living in a “spiral” as one does in this house would not suit everyone.
– The house gave claustrophobia and we had to do something
– No, here is everything quite open and “promoting”, explains the architect.
– So I would assume that this type of home is best for those with order and structure, and that does not have much clutter lying around.
The small residence houses a kitchen, dining area, a home office, living room and three bedrooms.
But what makes the stairs – and also the house – most unique, are all the small “rooms” that appear where the staircase turns and turns, explains Hirata.
– Here you have succeeded in creating small reading hooks, chat rooms or just a place to relax. These small rooms are discovered when climbing the stairs and through the various floors.
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