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10 Radical Japanese Staircases

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Mar 06, 2013 01:08 AM
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by Sarah Lonsdale last modified Mar 05, 2013

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 .






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