Can you imagine growing up in a house designed around a three-story high slide and where your home functions not just as shelter but is also meant to be a fun place that nurtures happy childhood memories?
The SLIDE House in the Naka Meguro neighborhood of Tokyo was built to be such a place.
This unique home in Japan is a rectangular building with a staircase that wraps all the way around one side of the house, connecting all three floors. A staircase goes around the other side of the house. On each floor, the occupants can decide whether to descend via the stairs or slide!
It was designed by LEVEL Architects for a couple with three young children, who wanted their kids to have lifelong joyful memories of their childhood home.
The main living area is located on the second floor. Keeping with the goal of creating a playful home, there is an enclosed ball pit at the center of the living space.
The high ceiling in the living, dining and kitchen area allows air and light to diffuse throughout the large space, but a sense of unity is maintained by the 6-meter (19.7 feet) long built-in sofa bench that runs along one wall.
The one large non-partitioned bedroom is located on the third floor and is meant for the whole family to share.
The house has an unassuming external appearance and might be mistaken for a small warehouse.
Would you like to build a house like this for your family?