House in Nakameguro by Level Architects

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House in Nakameguro by Level Architects

Japanese studio Level Architecs have completed a house in Tokyo, Japan, with a slide connecting all three floors.

House in Nakameguro by Level Architects

A staircase wraps around one side of the rectangular house and the slide encircles the other.

House in Nakameguro by Level Architects

Above photograph is courtesy of the architects

Occupants can decide at each level whether to descend by the stairs or by slide.

House in Nakameguro by Level Architects

The living areas are located on the first floor and lead out to a double-height terrace, which also doubles up as a ball pen for children to play in.

House in Nakameguro by Level Architects

A bedroom and bathroom are located on the top floor and a Japanese-style room and home office can be found at ground level.

House in Nakameguro by Level Architects

Photographs are by Shinichi Tanaka unless otherwise stated.

House in Nakameguro by Level Architects

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House in Nakameguro by Level Architects

Here's some information from the architects:


House in Nakameguro - "House with SLIDE"

It was the client's desire. "I want to create the house to which three children remain in memories forever." he said too.

House in Nakameguro by Level Architects

For this family, "SLIDE" will be a symbol felt deeply.

House in Nakameguro by Level Architects

We considered the possibility building its play space into the space of daily life naturally at the same time as thinking about "SLIDE".

House in Nakameguro by Level Architects

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We decided to be thought that it became no "House with SLIDE" it and "House of SLIDE" by it did not catch as mere "Play equipment" that along the stairs sideward of "SLIDE" like the slope, and set up in a part of the open ceiling and used it but building it in the entire construction.

House in Nakameguro by Level Architects

They goes up from the 1st floor to the 3rd floor by "Stairs" according to outer in the house, and they descends from the 3rd floor to the 1st floor by "SLIDE".

House in Nakameguro by Level Architects

In all circumference in the house become big "SLIDE", and the plan became the entire design as it is.

House in Nakameguro by Level Architects

The rounded wall makes feel to enclose with "Stairs" and "SLIDE" in living room and dinning room and kitchen of the 2nd floor more.

House in Nakameguro by Level Architects

Fixtures sofa with height of 6-meters gives the unity of sense to living room and dinning room and kitchen, and the subdued light from the courtyard at the center of the room pours into the room through the grating deck.

House in Nakameguro by Level Architects

In the bedroom of the 3rd floor, daring to partition it doesn't do, and be entire family's bedroom now.

House in Nakameguro by Level Architects

A soft shadow is cast on the inside and outside part because the entire house are roundness all, and externals that wear roundness are lovely houses where people happens to pass stops their foot.

House in Nakameguro by Level Architects

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When this house was visited one month after the completion, "SLIDE" was relieved in daily life.

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In addition we saw children reverse-running.

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It was "House of SLIDE" that had already exceeded our imagination.

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DATA:

Location / Tokyo, Japan
Site area / 109.82m2

House in Nakameguro by Level Architects

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Total floor area / 163.69m2
Structure / wood

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Floor number / 3 stories
Completion / 2009

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  • http://www.iobuild.co.uk/ Garden Room Designer

    It's not a house to grow old in… more a house to stay young in; I love it!

  • http://www.AtelierWong.com Patrick Y Wong

    this is the kind of fun house that a kid dreams up. here is to the kid in us all. ;-)

  • caropullen

    I really love the text that accompanies this article, especially this bit:

    the entire house are roundness all, and externals that wear roundness are lovely houses where people happens to pass stops their foot

    who says poetry is lost in translation??

  • http://www.facebook.com/andrewdavidgreen Andrew David Green

    How would this get on with building regs in the uk?!…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Spark-Yun-Gao/500731053 Spark Yun Gao

    That`s the house I used to dream of in the childhood.

  • http://www.lockhartkrause.com.au JesseLockhart-Krause

    Wow, what a happy house.

    I assume these pictures are just after completion, the amount of furniture seems to be very sparse (none in the living room). I would love to see some photos further down the track

  • http://www.facebook.com/feng.wang3 Feng Wang

    I love the bookshelf

    • marc

      Jeeez…. the house has a slide from top to bottom and all you love is the BOOKSHELF?!!

  • Dimitar Stojanovski

    too little daylight coming in the house, using lights during the day is not my idea of a healthy living, but an interesting design anyway

  • lior

    fun house is a good house. fun architecture is a good architecture!

  • http://twitter.com/keiralx @keiralx

    That is PRECISELY the house i dreamt of as a kid!

  • http://www.saimanmiah.com Saiman

    Bravo! Looks like a really fun house. If the upstairs bathroom floods it will become a even cooler water slide :)

    • A man

      Here here for hot summer days!

  • Bopp

    where are the windows? haha.

  • rmsnmz

    Loved the circulation concept. It is clever and playful without forcing it too much as to make it ridiculous. Besides that though, there is not much to appreciate about it. The interior look like a mediocre Japanese house and the exterior feels like it was designed around Bauhaus times and not in a good way. Overall though, seeing something like this is refreshing.

  • HOOT4FRUIT

    what about a FIREMAN'S POLE…in addition to the Slide…Over-Kill?…HOOT-HOOTING!

  • pet

    would like to see the hospital bill after a night out :D

  • edward

    Waste of money. What happens in a few years when the kids get older. Any kid worth his salt will take a cardboard box achieve the same thing on a stair. Like the exterior elevations tho'

    • Sas

      As a teenager, I still would have thought it was pretty cool to have a slide built into the house, and I'm sure most of my friends at the time would have thought so too! And who says the grown ups can't use the slide?

    • Nika

      A cardboard box on stairs *is not* the same as a smooth slide. For *whatever* kind (or age!) of imaginative child! This coming from one who has experience with the stairs… :-P

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Laszlo-Kiss/100002118105549 Laszlo Kiss

    What a fun house. There will be many worn out pant seats here.

  • Pablo

    it reminds us that architecture and life must be fun, with or without slide!

  • http://fizzfieldgrass-art.jimdo.com Fizz

    Ok, first isn't this a case of Déja vu? I'm sure Dezeen has already shown us a slide in a house before. second, I'm concerned about the angle of incline plus the bend the slide has. I'm envisaging a poor kid being propelled down and around that corner with such velocity it will be shot out into the downstairs room at a rate of knots. By the way, have you seen the look on those kids' faces? And the Health and safety police would have something to say about the hard, naked wood floor at its base. A rubber mat at least, surely!

    • mirro

      yes, that was a lovely playhouse WITH SLIDE in Indonesia.. this one is a playful HOUSE-SLIDE in Japan, completely different concept but both seem kind of time travel machines: after years, maybe, those kids will make a remember-glide through that slide, back to their childhood memories -“I want to create the house to which three children remain in memories forever.” -mission complete!

      anyways, a wonderful house to grow up!

      ..and i'm sorry you're so bored. you call two houses with a slide a case of deja vu, but i say it's a happy deja vu. you know, there are thousands of health and safety correct standard houses that make a perfect poison-deja vu..

  • Monotonx

    In the Red Bull headquater was still a Silde I think…. or was it google HQ? Don't know anymore….

    However I like the Concept of Slides in A house… we had a "slide" in our house, too when I was Young…… (Ok, it was A wooden Board tha was layed on a 3m wide Stair to a split level upper-floor. But it did the job)

  • dea

    My dream house as an adult too …LOL

  • http://marealestatesearch.com/north-andover-real-estate North_Andover

    I have thought of a similar but much smaller scale for our vacation home. It's a small rustic ski house and I have been thinking of cutting a hole in the kids bedroom floor and installing one of those plastic slides you can buy separately for a swing set. Have it run to the first floor. Now if I can just get my wife to agree to the idea :)

  • followfrisby

    I just can't take this seriously with the slide. Who were the clients for this design, the children?

    • elainehuangsj

      Yeah, they totally paid for the design.

  • http://www.livecarringtoncove.com/houses-for-rent-madison-al-floor-plans Christian Traughber

    Auh, look at those kids! Surely, the architect made them happier! Some kids would also want to have a house like that! It's an interesting design, which I think, is exclusively made for them. Many people should really be hiring experts in order for them to achieve their dream house!

  • http://goo.gl/1X1QC beautiful houses

    I want this house, just not sure for a long time :)

  • same concept?

    Which is the egg and which is the chicken :) http://www.dezeen.com/2010/08/26/playhouse-by-abo

  • http://www.facebook.com/TiffanyTsun Tiffany Tsun

    A slide in your house! I bet you won't get a building permit for this in Ontario.

  • Amy

    I would like to build the slide between the attic and the first floor. Would material can be used for the slide?

  • Nino

    If you took the slide away it would be the most banal scheme ever.

  • jazzyflowers

    So fun! Like the city in the house!