A Minimalist Tokyo Home With a Sculptural Stairway Connecting Three Floors

Nendo founder Oki Sato was commissioned to design a house for two families in Tokyo. He developed a clever way of giving each family their own space and still connecting them to one another via a sculptural staircase. Named to match the staircase, the stairs start outside before piercing the glass front facade and leading to the top of the third floor. Not only are the stairs a dramatic focal point, they also hide the bathrooms and the actual staircase that leads to each level.

Photo: Daici Ano

The house is in a quiet residential area and is pushed to the rear of the property for optimal natural light and ventilation. At the same time, an outdoor area is created in which the beloved persimmon tree is preserved.

Photo: Daici Ano

Photo: Daici Ano

Photo: Daici Ano

The ground floor extends over three levels and belongs to the elderly couple and their eight cats, so that in future they will be able to avoid climbing stairs as they get older. The second and third floors house the younger couple and their child with a double-height room that houses the inner part of the stairs.

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There is a large skylight above the stairs which creates the perfect space for an indoor garden. The mom enjoys gardening and keeps the stairs inside and out filled with potted plants to soften the modern lines and minimalist interior.

Photo: Takumi Ota

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I envision that there has to be some sort of hidden window covering to protect privacy and reduce light if necessary.

Photo: Daici Ano

Photo: Daici Ano

Photo: Daici Ano

Photo: Daici Ano

The eight cats even have their own room under the outer part of the stairs.

Photo: Daici Ano

Photo: Daici Ano

Photo: Daici Ano

Photo: Takumi Ota

Photo: Takumi Ota

Photo: Takumi Ota

Photo: Takumi Ota

Photo: Daici Ano

Photo: Daici Ano

Photo: Takumi Ota

Photo: Takumi Ota

Photo: Takumi Ota

The actual staircase, hidden in the sculptural staircase, connects the three floors.

Photo: Takumi Ota

Photo: Takumi Ota

Photo: Takumi Ota

Photo: Takumi Ota

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