As the name implies, Nendo's newly-designed residence in Tokyo is defined by a continuous staircase. The home is planned for two families living on separate levels and to keep the households partially connected, the stairs run from the exterior to the ground floor living spaces for an elderly couple, and then up to the remaining two levels occupied by a younger couple and their two children. Internally, the stairway conceals the home's functional elements while doubling as an indoor garden and a sunny perch for the family's eight cats. Although most of the minimalist interior is closed off to block out the neighboring buildings, its south-facing facade is made of glass, filling rooms with sunlight and connecting them to the greenery supplied by the plot's existing persimmon tree.
Photos: Daici Ano & Takumi Ota / Nendo