Japanese Architecture

Unique Homes in Japan: Slide House in Tokyo

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!

Sliding down to the living room in the SLIDE House. Photo: ArchDaily

Sliding down to the living room in the SLIDE House. Photo: ArchDaily

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.

Diagram of SLIDE House in Naka Meguro, Tokyo. Photo: ArchDaily

Diagram of SLIDE House in Naka Meguro, Tokyo. Photo: ArchDaily

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.

Ball pit in the living area of the SLIDE House. Photo: ArchDaily

A ball pit is located at the center of the living area in the SLIDE House. Photo: ArchDaily

Having fun in the ball pit of the SLIDE House. Photo: ArchDaily

Having fun in the ball pit of the SLIDE House. Photo: ArchDaily

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.

Mom and dad usually tell you not to climb up a slide, but it's not a problem if you're climbing up the private slide in your own home. Photo: ArchDaily

Mom and dad usually tell you not to climb up a slide, but it’s not a problem if you’re climbing up the private slide in your own home. Photo: ArchDaily

Sliding down in the SLIDE House in Tokyo. Photo: ArchDaily

Sliding down in the SLIDE House in Tokyo. Photo: ArchDaily

Stairs in the SLIDE House. Photo: ArchDaily

Stairs in the SLIDE House, somehow seem so boring! Photo: ArchDaily

Sliding down to the reading nook. Photo: ArchDaily

Sliding down to the reading nook. Photo: ArchDaily

Study room in the SLIDE House. Photo: ArchDaily

Study room in the SLIDE House. Photo: ArchDaily

The one large non-partitioned bedroom is located on the third floor and is meant for the whole family to share.

 

Exterior of the SLIDE House. Photo: ArchDaily

Exterior of the SLIDE House. Photo: ArchDaily

The house has an unassuming external appearance and might be mistaken for a small warehouse.

SLIDE House 1F floor plan. Photo: ArchDaily

SLIDE House 1F floor plan. Photo: ArchDaily

SLIDE House 2F floor plan. Photo: ArchDaily

SLIDE House 2F floor plan. Photo: ArchDaily

SLIDE House 3F Floor Plan. Photo: ArchDaily

SLIDE House 3F Floor Plan. Photo: ArchDaily

SLIDE House sectional. Photo: ArchDaily

SLIDE House sectional. Photo: ArchDaily

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