Small House with Big Spiral Staircase
by Avehideshi Architects

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Small House with big Spiral Staircase by Hideshi Abe

Japanese firm Avehideshi Architects and Associates have completed this house in Osaka, Japan, with a staircase that wraps around the house's internal perimeter.

Small House with big Spiral Staircase by Hideshi Abe

The Small House with Big Spiral Staircase has windows carefully placed and sized to capture views of the scenery beyond the adjacent train track and car park.

Small House with big Spiral Staircase by Hideshi Abe

The staircase has been placed so that the most favourable views are enjoyed as one ascends through the house and connects three stacked boxes that divide up the internal space.

Small House with big Spiral Staircase by Hideshi Abe

The house is on 60 square-metre site and has a studio on the ground floor, bedroom and bathroom on the first floor, and living and dining room on the second.

Small House with big Spiral Staircase by Hideshi Abe

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Small house with big spiral staircase

This small residence is in the suburbs of Osaka on a mere 60sqm.

Small House with big Spiral Staircase by Hideshi Abe

It is composed of an atelier for the flower arrangement on the first floor, the bedroom and bathroom on the second floor, and the living dining rooms on the third floor.

Small House with big Spiral Staircase by Hideshi Abe

The site is surrounded by tracks and passing trains, a truck stop parking lot, and neighboring homes drawing close to the property line.

Small House with big Spiral Staircase by Hideshi Abe

At first glance, noise, exhaust, and lines of sight make this place hard to describe as an advantageous living environment.

Small House with big Spiral Staircase by Hideshi Abe

The theme of this residence was accepting such environs and finding a solution that makes the best of them.

Small House with big Spiral Staircase by Hideshi Abe

Another good look at site's surroundings shows a favorable environment extending over the top of the parking lot and neighboring houses, out of the field of vision.

Small House with big Spiral Staircase by Hideshi Abe

The atelier, which can signal what it has inside and has visitors even on the often avoided train track side, can be read spatially as a mixture of favorable and unfavorable aspects, depending on the height and orientation of the surroundings.

Small House with big Spiral Staircase by Hideshi Abe

In that vein, in rooms that look out on favorable areas, the staircase is positioned spatially in parts that do not.

Small House with big Spiral Staircase by Hideshi Abe

The spiral staircase and the 3 stacked boxes are complementary.

Small House with big Spiral Staircase by Hideshi Abe

A new awareness of the surrounding exterior scenery is created as the outside appears and disappears depending on the angle from the opening in each room facing the staircase.

Small House with big Spiral Staircase by Hideshi Abe

The spiral staircase, developed as if to wrap the building, though attached independently at each level, builds a new relationship with the city, a small house achieving a large expanse.

Small House with big Spiral Staircase by Hideshi Abe

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Small House with big Spiral Staircase by Hideshi Abe

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Small House with big Spiral Staircase by Hideshi Abe

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Small House with big Spiral Staircase by Hideshi Abe

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Architects : Hideshi Ave / Hideshi Ave Architect and Associates
Location : Osaka,Japan
Principal use : personal house
Structure : steel structure, 3stories
Site area : 60.12 sqmBuilding area : 30.77 sqm
Total floor area : 92.31 sqm
Completion : June,2009
Structural engineer : Takashi Manda
Photo : Daici Ano


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  • http://www.aconwaypedron.com conway

    beautiful building…. I'm hoping they saved alot by siting the house beneath power lines and besides a railroad track……….

    • timotey

      You really have no idea about the housing conditions in Japanese cities, do you?

  • Frank brO Gehry

    Feel like these guys have their minimalist game ‘in the box’ [via bag].

    Wonder if this is their answer to the shortcomings of the zollverein school of management and design.

    Avehideshi is the new SANAA? Are japanese houses/people so small because they don’t have kitchens?

    • fixieking

      worried for the AZN bros.
      hope yall can still can eat (via no kitchen).
      is Avehideshi riding the chillwave of SANAA?

  • Kaptain krunch

    It doesn't actually have a spiral staircase though? That's a bit of a let down.

  • edward

    I like the way the interior space interconnects.

  • edward

    I think the kitchen is neat, especially the counter/table and if there is not the full panoply of commercial grade stainless equipment, the owner will surely get enough to eat.

  • Ozmoto

    There seems to be a missing element to all these white boxes. Starts with the letter "C". Any one have a guess? …don't all speak at once.

  • Felix

    so what do you use to cook in the kitchen? there's no oven, microwave or hob!

    this seems well done, no hideous mistakes at least. maybe the levels of light are not good from those teardrop ceiling lamps.

    obviously the exterior could be nicer but japanese designers never seem to care about that

  • zaedrus

    Something about the composition of the interior photos and the minimal material palette makes me want to see a sideways stair to complete the M.C. Escher labyrinth look. Love the layered volumes within.

  • http://www.facebook.com/stickyfrogfunpants Will Smith

    This project could be anywere

  • http://www.facebook.com/stickyfrogfunpants Will Smith

    Oh and Ozmodo. Context. Contextcontextcontext. As in there is none. Ergo: This building could be anywhere.

  • Sudrit

    boring, Can't Japanese Architect invent each of their own individual style. All of japanese houses look the same. White box, big and small windows with clustering organization that's it.

  • http://www.brgstudio.com nulla

    I appreciate the simple and extensive use of wood for the interiors. The outside is actually flat… that`s a choiche anyway, like it or not is what they chose.

  • solid wood florring

    This is a really exceptional idea for a hotel and truly the first time I’ve found it.