Japanese design firm nendo has completed a unique Stairway House in Tokyo created for three generations of the same family. Situated in Shinjuku, the three-story home boasts steps that cut through the entire building’s facade, creating a striking structure that “aims to expand further out to join the environs and the city,” nendo explains. Steel was used to craft the steps inside the house, while concrete makes up the outdoor steps. An array of leafy potted plants decorate the sweeping structure, evoking the feel of a greenhouse.
Inside the Stairway House, a ground floor is given to an older couple, while the upper two floors are designated for a younger couple and their child. The staircase unites every level of the home, preventing the parties from feeling isolated from each other. Smaller rooms are hidden within the structure, as well as an actual staircase that is used to access the house’s higher floors. Contrasting with the Stairway House’s bold design are simple black furnishings. The front of the home is also kept minimal with its completely windowless facade.
Take a closer look at the Stairway House in the images above. For more works from the firm, check out nendo’s website.