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!
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.
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.
Another ladder connects the living room with the skeletal top level, where four holes in the floor give the room a cross-shaped layout.
A small study area is sunken into one of these holes and residents use the floor above it as a desk.
Lamps of different lengths also hang through the holes and a final ladder leads up to a terrace on the roof.
Photography is by Hiroyasu Sakaguchi.
This simple structure gives latitude for space composition.
In the massive volume of the box, each different activity of daily living takes place at each floor with open view.
Lighting hangs from top of the box to each floor to illuminate them like a floating stage.
Client: A couple
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Built area: 75.62 sq m (total)
Completion date: May 2012
Structure: Wood Flame, two-storey