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10 Radical Japanese Staircases

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Nov 08, 2013 01:06 AM
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by Sarah Lonsdale last modified Nov 07, 2013

Let's just say that Japanese safety codes aren't exactly the same as ours when it comes to stairs. Welcome to the land of open banisters, tall ladders, and rail-free designs. Here, a roundup of some of our favorites: Above: A wooden stair with a simple handrail leads to a bedroom in a house 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 a Tokyo house designed by Apollo Architects . Above: A ladder leads to a bedroom in a converted warehouse in Osaka by Yo Shimada of Tato Architects . Photograph by Satoshi Shigeta. Above: In addition to a stair, a ladder leads to the second floor of a house in Yamazaki designed by Tato Architects. Above: Wooden accordion stairs in a Tokyo house by Makoto Koizumi . Above: A house in Kanagawa with a spiral stair of white metal and plywood treads, designed 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 connect  to an upper level. Photograph by Toshiyuki Yano. Above: Two sets of ladders access two stories in Sapporo's Small Box House by Akasaka Shinichiro Atelier . Above: Open wooden treads contrast with bamboo clad walls in a house in Osaka designed by Katsuhiro Miyamoto & Associates . Above: A minimalist 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 . N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on March 5, 2013 as part of our Japonesque issue.






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