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Stair House / y+Mdo

  • 01:00 - 2 November, 2010
Stair House / y+Mdo
Stair House / y+Mdo, Courtesy of  y+mdo
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  • Location

    Oda, Shimane Prefecture, Japan
  • Architects

    y+Mdo
  • Area

    142.66 sqm

From the architect. The owners of the Stair House are are a young couple, both teachers, with two young children. When they hired architects y+Mdo to design their dream home, they had three key themes in mind; A house that could protect their privacy, provided warm and bright space, and could also encourage the gathering of people as they love their students visiting them.

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For more photographs and details of the Stair House follow the break.

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Courtesy of y+mdo

The property is located at seaside, and in the winter months suffers from the strong, cold sea wind and a short number of daylight hours. To the south of the property there is a 3 meter wide road and a 4 meter high bank leading to open ground. From the West is a combination of strong direct sunshine and sea wind. To the North is a road to the local village and to the East lies a two-storey house.  The architects response to the site challenges and keeping the interests of their clients in mind the design result was a stair shaped house.

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To allow sunlight into the house, there are a number of glass slits in between the steps on the south side. The glass slits provide a dual purpose of vision connection and natural light along with privacy. The material used for the stair shaped wall are porcelain tiles and require low maintenance.

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The outside structure links the garden to the rooftop and the inside of the house links a private porch/reception/lounge area to the bedrooms. The windows are designed and situated to allow in as much sunlight as possible, whilst retaining privacy.

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Additionally, the Stair House allowed both daylight and ventilation to penetrate into its interior. In summer, the house has a nice breeze blowing through the small garden situated on the south side and removes heat through ventilation fans on the north side. The slit windows eliminate direct sunshine, however provides indirect reflected light into the house.

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In winter, this design keeps the house warm by allowing the maximum amount of sunlight into the house in addition to the comforting warmth from the under floor heating and a wood-fire.

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Cite: "Stair House / y+Mdo" 02 Nov 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/84612/stair-house-ymdo/>
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46 Comments

simatphu · November 25, 2013

It would be wonderful if the external stairway were open to the public! So, "One would not have to pay for Public Life"!

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behnaz ahmadi · January 08, 2012

I my self like this dream and funny house..but i think its not comfortable for living

Lawerence Krupke · December 23, 2010

Thanks for helping out, fantastic information.

kate · December 21, 2010

my questios is just one, hwta is going to happen when it is rain?

HiddenKnowledge · December 01, 2010

Hahaha, I was thinking about a house like this some time ago..
Someone actually was nuts enough to make such a house xD

AniWay · November 13, 2010

Nog een bizar huis in Japan. Ze noemen het een trappenhuis, enig idee waarom? ^_- http://bit.ly/c59KSR #aniway #nieuws

Felipe Miranda · November 10, 2010

Stair House by y+Mdo - http://bit.ly/b8mwsJ

ABEL PACHE JIMENEZ · November 07, 2010
Unlocker JailBreak · November 07, 2010

Just thought I would comment and say great theme, did you code it on your own? Really looks really good!

JapanSoc.com · November 06, 2010

Another bizarre Japanese house. This one is called "Stair House", for obvious reasons. http://fb.me/K0NVozCr

leporello · November 04, 2010
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NØRD · November 03, 2010

I think the concept of this house is a bit strange. A house like this needs a really good view, I reckon ...like Villa Malaparte ...I find the view from the top of the stairs a bit random and not very inspiring.

I also find the detailing a bit funny. Think the black 'flower-frames' at the entrance could have been integrated a bit better. And inside I think the big space looks nice, but the 'wavy' cut in the wall to the rest of the house is again a bit weird.

tDA · November 03, 2010

I suppose someone had to do it...

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cmarin · November 03, 2010

Looks really nice, the problem is the distribution of the spaces, what about the toilet. If you want to take a shower... do you need to go down stairs???

The problem is that the interior is a waste... the exterior is nice

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up_today_arch · November 02, 2010

Outside views are promising... but inside is regular building... But very nice indeed...

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FG · November 02, 2010

Its nice to see a house with inhabitants, books and landscaping in place - it looks like a fun house to grow up in (though that tile looks like it might be slippery). I bet all the neighborhood kids will be playing there. Unfortunately, it would probably never pass muster in the States for that chimney (which would be worked around) or with lenders for the size (or perceived resale)...

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yeah · November 02, 2010

Villa Malaparte is still much better!

nay · November 03, 2010 06:28 AM

i beg to disagree, this house is at least at par with it

godryk · November 02, 2010

Nice project. However, as constructive critique, I must say that a project that is crealy based on section design should provide section drawings ("diagrams" are not architectural drawings but marketing). This is the first thing a teacher would say: No sections? Come tomorrow with some. Nevertheless, nice one.

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