Japanese architecture practice Tato Architects, founded by Yo Shimada, created a House in Hikone, featuring a staircase that lands onto a piece of furniture.
The residence is located in Shiga, Japan and unlike others nearby, this house sits diagonally on its rectangular site. With its forty-two identical windows puncturing the exterior, the residence makes the viewer wonder what does it look like on the inside. The two-storey residence with curvilinear form hides a beautiful „floating space” slitted between the main floors and a courtyard for a private outdoor relaxation.
The most significant element of the house is a staircase, which curves down around the edge of the living space. It ends above a table that traces the wall. As described by the architect the effect of „floating in the air” was achieved thanks to 75-centimetre-high surface and highlighted by the arrangement of the windows in three rows. "We placed three rows of windows equally, expecting to bring a scale gap, and a mystical feeling of floating that is similar to the one felt on landings,” said the architects. Most of the internal fittings and furnishings were made of wood, what create a nice match with the beams left exposed.