Underground homes or low-impact houses are generally preferred by green enthusiasts who want to minimize their negative impact on environment. Otherwise, eco-friendliness is just one benefit of living underground. Being underground also means that the house has a more stable environment, the temperature remains constant and the house is very quiet and peaceful. Moreover, it minimizes the loss of green space, as being underground the roof remains available for plants. With so many benefits of living underground, there are more and more people consider this option. These days, two English firms, NC Homes and Huntsmere, have proposed an underground dwelling – Perdu, which is a circular three-bedroom home located on the grounds of Bowdon in Manchester.
If you envy those houses with built-in slide, you don’t need anymore. Designed by Trisha Cleveland, SlideRider is an innovative concept which transforms almost any staircases into slides and folds up when not in use. Besides multiple folding mats that can be laid over angular steps to create a smooth surface, it also has a weighted top and grippy bottom to keep everything securely in place and a cushioned bottom pad for a soft landing. To install it, simply unfold the padded base to cover your stairs, assemble the safety bumpers, and it’s ready to ride. When you’re done, just fold it up with the included storage strap, and tuck it away for the next ride. Sounds attempting? Find more information on Quirky.com.
Sliding down from one floor to another is not only the dream for kids! A home owner from New York’s East Village united two penhouse levels with slide under the supervision of Turett Collaborative Architects (TCA). Encapsulated within glass walls at the upper floor, the metal slide drops down to the light-flooded living space. Created as an interesting alternative to the existing stairs and maintaining a sense of playfulness in this home. Really hope I can afford something like that in my home someday. [source]
Yokohama-based atelier level architects has completed ‘house with slide’, a three-story family residence that features a continuous circulation route that utilizes both stairs and the playground equipment. Rather than placing the slide next to the staircase or installing it in a playroom, they boldly made it an integral part of the house. After entering the ground-floor entrance to the house, you ascend the staircase to the right, along the wall, and climb past the first floor to the second story. The trip back down takes seconds when you use the slide, which runs along the entire inner perimeter of the building. Imagine you were a kid living in a house like this. Everyday would be a party, don’t you think? [source]