ESCHER-ESQUE STYLE, HOUSE T TOKYO

by Miryam Muller in


Always wondered what a real-life Escher-esqe home looks like? Well, I might have found something you'll like. House T by Tokyo-based studio Hiroyuki Shinozaki Architects built a modern residence which has a very unique interior layout, each floor appears to be suspended in the air, much like in M. C. Escher's drawings. Eliminating the traditional use of walls, rooms are separated by the lateral division of space where split level living spaces are made accessible by ladder or steps. Living here would most probably freak me out a bit, since I love coziness and simplicity, yet it would be an awesome experience to stay over!

House T by Hiroyuki Shinozaki

Wooden ladders connect each of the four split-level storeys and a staircase with built-in storage leads up from the ground floor studio to the dining room and kitchen on the staggered floor above.

House T by Hiroyuki Shinozaki

One ladder travels up from the dining room to the living room, which then steps down to the bedroom through the wide hole in the wall.

House T by Hiroyuki Shinozaki

Another ladder connects the living room with the skeletal top level, where four holes in the floor give the room a cross-shaped layout.

House T by Hiroyuki Shinozaki

A small study area is sunken into one of these holes and residents use the floor above it as a desk.

House T by Hiroyuki Shinozaki

House T by Hiroyuki Shinozaki

Lamps of different lengths also hang through the holes and a final ladder leads up to a terrace on the roof.

House T by Hiroyuki Shinozaki

Photography is by Hiroyasu Sakaguchi.

House T by Hiroyuki Shinozaki

House T by Hiroyuki Shinozaki

 

House T by Hiroyuki Shinozaki

This simple structure gives latitude for space composition.

House T by Hiroyuki Shinozaki

In the massive volume of the box, each different activity of daily living takes place at each floor with open view.

House T by Hiroyuki Shinozaki

Lighting hangs from top of the box to each floor to illuminate them like a floating stage.

House T by Hiroyuki Shinozaki

Client: A couple

House T by Hiroyuki Shinozaki

Location: Tokyo, Japan

House T by Hiroyuki Shinozaki

Built area: 75.62 sq m (total)

House T by Hiroyuki Shinozaki

Completion date: May 2012

House T by Hiroyuki Shinozaki

Structure: Wood Flame, two-storey

House T by Hiroyuki Shinozaki