While slides might mostly be associated with public spaces such as playgrounds, these projects show how they can be a fun addition – and provide an immediate talking point – to both offices and private homes.
This is the latest roundup in our Dezeen Lookbooks series that provides visual inspiration for designers and design enthusiasts. Previous lookbooks include marble bathrooms, stylish plywood interiors and interiors with window seats.
The undulating slide that connects the two floors in this Ukrainian apartment was added to make being at home more fun.
The slide, which functions as an alternative to the existing staircase, descends from the top storey through the kitchen and into the living room below.
Japanese studio Schemata Architects hid a slide behind a mirrored wall in this office in Tokyo, creating a design detail that is sure to surprise visitors, as only the slide's endpoint is visible.
To use the slide, office workers climb a ladder up to the top of a bathroom and storage area, from where they can enter the hidden tunnel.
These connect the home's concrete-walled sleeping areas with a platform that houses a piano.
Walker House in Canada features a pale pastel-blue slide at its centre, which connects the basement level and the ground floor.
Reflect Architecture designed the slide to animate the lower level so that it did "not feel like a basement" and to help bring in natural light via the large opening that it required.
A trio of boxy timber meeting spaces were inserted into this Parisian office block by architect Estelle Vincent, who added a light blue slide to one of them.
The slide leads from an upper-level crow's nest, which has a small meeting area, down to the main desks.
The children in this home in Strasbourg, France, can take advantage of the narrow built-in slide that sits at the side of the staircase that connects the house's ground and first floors.
"A set of stairs engaged as a slide is an example of informal follows function," said architects The Very Many.
"The extra length of steps, the degrees of each tilt, the obliques in plan and elevation, act as small anomalies to introduce the experiential to one's daily life."
This family home in Taiwan features a dedicated play area in its kitchen, so that kids can hang out with their parents while they are cooking.
As part of the design of the area, architects HAO Design designed a slide that can be accessed by a set of stairs. These also double up as a bookcase and feature a cosy cushioned reading nook.
Seoul studio Moon Hoon designed a wooden slide slotted into a combined staircase and bookshelf for Panorama House, a three-storey home for a family with four children.
The slide allows both kids and grownups to quickly move from the living area down to the downstairs study area and library.
Inside this penthouse apartment in New York, a tubular steel slide plummets through four storeys. Starting in an attic space at the top of the apartment, it comes to a brief stop on the following floor.
Here, residents can either get off or get back inside to slide down three more floors.
Workers at the company can use it to quickly get down from a central walkway that connects the upper levels of the open-plan workspace.
This is the latest in our series of lookbooks providing curated visual inspiration from Dezeen's image archive. For more inspiration see previous lookbooks showcasing window seats, plywood interiors and marble bathrooms.