10 Radical Japanese Staircases
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Let's just say that Japanese safety codes would probably not pass muster in the US when it comes to staircases. Open banisters, tall ladders, and rail-free stairs are a part of the norm in Japan. Here's a roundup of some of our favorite dramatic staircases: Above: A wooden staircase with simple handrail leads to a bedroom in this house designed by Tato Architects . Photograph by Satoshi Shigeta. Above: A stairway from the Threefold House by Japanese firm Takao Shiotsuka Atelier . Above: Minimalist metal risers in this Tokyo home designed by Apollo Architects . Above: A ladder leads up to a bedroom in this converted warehouse in Osaka designed by Yo Shimada of Tato Architects . Photograph by Satoshi Shigeta. Above: A ladder serves as a staircase to an upstairs room in this house in Yamazaki designed by Tato Architects. Above: Wooden stairs in a Tokyo house by Makoto Koizumi , via Dwell. Above: A house in Kanagawa Japan with a white metal staircase and plywood treads by Apollo Architects . Above: Mixed materials: wooden stairs from a sunken kitchen lead to the main bedroom of this house in Saijo by Suppose Design Office ; metal stairs lead to an upper level. Photograph by Toshiyuki Yano. Above: Two sets of ladders access two stories in this Small Box House by Akasaka Shinichiro Atelier overlooking Sapporo. Above: Open wood treads in a house in Osaka with bamboo clad walls designed by Katsuhiro Miyamoto & Associates . Above: An Apartment in Katayama as seen on What We Do Is Secret . Photograph by Mitsutomo Matsunami. For more stair inspiration, check out 10 Radical Staircases for Tight Spaces .