10 Radical Japanese Staircases by

Issue 97 · Autumn in Japan · November 7, 2013

10 Radical Japanese Staircases

Issue 97 · Autumn in Japan · November 7, 2013

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 some of our favorites:

A wooden staircase with simple handrail

Above: A wooden stair with a simple handrail leads to a bedroom in a house by Tato Architects. Photograph by Satoshi Shigeta.

Threefold House by Takao Shiotsuka Atelier | Remodelista

Above: A stairway from the Threefold House by Japanese firm Takao Shiotsuka Atelier.

Modern black metal staircase in Japan; Remodelista

Above: Minimalist metal risers in a Tokyo house designed by Apollo Architects.

Japanese ladder as stairs; Remodelista

Above: A ladder leads to a bedroom in a converted warehouse in Osaka by Yo Shimada of Tato Architects. Photograph by Satoshi Shigeta.

Wooden ladder in a Japanee house; Remodelista

Above: In addition to a stair, a ladder leads to the second floor of a house in Yamazaki designed by Tato Architects.

Makoto Koizuni Atelier Staircase | Remodelista

Above: Wooden accordion stairs in a Tokyo house by Makoto Koizumi.

White Pine Staircase in Japan | Remodelista

Above: A house in Kanagawa with a spiral stair of white metal and plywood treads, designed by Apollo Architects.

Radical Japanese staircase; Remodelista

Above: Mixed materials—wooden stairs from a sunken kitchen lead to the main bedroom of this house in Saijo by Suppose Design Office; metal stairs connect  to an upper level. Photograph by Toshiyuki Yano.

Small Box Architects Staircases in Japan | Remodelista

Above: Two sets of ladders access two stories in Sapporo's Small Box House by Akasaka Shinichiro Atelier.

Makoto Koizuni Atelier Staircases | Remodelista

Above: Open wooden treads contrast with bamboo clad walls in a house in Osaka designed by Katsuhiro Miyamoto & Associates.

Modern black metal staircase; Japan

Above: A minimalist Apartment in Katayama as seen on What We Do Is Secret. Photograph by Mitsutomo Matsunami.

For more stair inspiration, check out 10 Radical Staircases for Tight Spaces.

N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on March 5, 2013 as part of our Japonesque issue.

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