Architecture firm Nendo has designed a minimalist house in a quiet residential area of Tokyo, that has stairs traveling from the exterior to the interior. Designed as a home for two families, the layout of the house is split, with the lower level for an older couple, while the two upper floors are for a younger couple and their child.
The stairway structure was designed to be enjoyed outdoors as well as used as a feature that continues upward into the building, continuing through the floors. Enclosed inside the stairway are functional elements, such as bathrooms, with the steps taking on the look of a semi-outdoor greenhouse with abundant greenery as well as a sun-soaked perch for the family’s cats to enjoy climbing.
As the stairs reach the top of the home, each step gets smaller and smaller, drawing the eye upward to the skylight. If you want to see more great examples of modern architecture we strongly recommend you to check 15 creative modern houses.