Stairs House is a beach-side residential home in Shimane Prefecture, Japan that was designed by y+m design office. It was completed last year for two teaching parents and their kids who wanted a space that was warm, bright and private, and where they could invite their students over. I first thought that was a private school or library since it doesn’t look like a private house to me. But anyway it is a kind of cool.
This house is designed to be suitable for Japanese seasons. In summer, the house enjoys a nice breeze blowing from south to north through the openings and ventilation fan. The slit windows stop direct sunshine, whilst allowing indirect reflected light into the house. In winter, this design keeps the house warm by allowing large amounts of sunlight into the house, as well as comforting warmth from under floor heating and a wood fire. The external structure links the garden to the rooftop, and the inside of the house links a private porch / reception / lounge area to the bedrooms.
I love most about this house is you can actually climb around and play on your own house! But my concern is this staris-shaped house kind waste a lot of space, it might be a good for a public facility but as a private house… em… I don’t know.