Japanese design studio nendo has completed work on the unique ‘Stairway House’ located in Tokyo. Created for three generations of the same family, the three-floor home features steel and concrete steps which cuts through the façade of the building and aims to “expand further out to join the environs and the city.”

Take a Look at the Unique ‘Stairway House’ in Tokyo

Situated in busy Shinjuku, Tokyo, the aptly named Stairway House is defined by a continuous staircase which runs from the exterior of the property through to three floors of living space.

The home is designed to keep two families living on separate levels partially connected; an elderly couple on the ground floor, and a younger couple and their two children on the two floors above. The staircase unites every level of the home, preventing the three generations of family from feeling isolated from each other.

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Steel was used to create the steps inside the house, while concrete was used for the steps found in the exterior. Smaller rooms are hidden within the property, as well as a useable staircase which is used to access the upper floors. Elsewhere, furniture is minimal, with plants offering some welcome contrast to the steel and concrete.

Take a closer look at the Stairway House in the images below and head over to the nendo Website to see more works from the firm.

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In other Japan news, we recently headed east to discover the country’s Shinto, sumo and sashimi in just a fortnight. Read our Part 1 of How to See Japan in Two Weeks.

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