In a London house that’s flooded with light, a spiral staircase provides a prismatic path from floor to floor. “The amount of work that was done to get things to look so naïve was phenomenal,” the designer says. “We are quite hedonistic in our play on space.” This custom sofa offers a soft landing for the roundabout slide, which emerges from a trapdoor in the master bedroom above.
Removing a sloping ceiling added five feet of headroom to this brightened live-work space. The renovated attic is oriented around a central volume that houses the bathroom. The wooden shelves were fashioned from hemlock planks that were salvaged during the demolition of the roof structure.
This modern residence and gallery near San Jose, Costa Rica uses metal boxes like puzzle pieces to create a photographer's dream home. The firepole is an extra amenity the client always wanted to have.
In a leafy residential area a few miles from downtown Kansas City, Missouri, an enterprising architect saw opportunity where others saw trouble. He took a sloping, triangular lot and designed a new home for his growing family—an open, tree house–like structure on stilts that hovers at the quirky edge of a conventional neighborhood. The architect and his family enjoys an unexpected bonus of living in a house on stilts—a pair of swings suspended from the base of the structure. The family often goes for walks on the property, looking for wildlife and playing in the tepee they built in a secluded space in the woods.
In the Windy City, a custom walnut slide offers a playful way for a small family of four to glide down to the basement. It leads from the main level to the basement. To protect people on the ride down, a “crash pad” fashioned from a standard gymnastic mat covers the wall at the slide’s base.