6 Lofty and Steep Staircases
Let’s just say that Japanese safety codes aren’t exactly the same as ours when it comes to stairs. Welcome to the land of open banisters, tall ladders, and rail-free designs. Here, a roundup of six unconventional staircases:
Above: A wooden stair with a simple handrail leads to a bedroom in a house by Tato Architects. Photograph by Satoshi Shigeta.
Above: A stairway from the Threefold House by Japanese firm Takao Shiotsuka Atelier.
Above: Minimalist metal risers in a Tokyo house designed by Apollo Architects.
Above: A ladder leads to a bedroom in a converted warehouse in Osaka by Yo Shimada of Tato Architects. Photograph by Satoshi Shigeta.
Above: In addition to a stair, a ladder leads to the second floor of a house in Yamazaki designed by Tato Architects.
Above: Two sets of ladders access two stories in Sapporo’s Small Box House by Akasaka Shinichiro Atelier.
For more stair inspiration, check out 10 Radical Staircases for Tight Spaces.