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Architecture August, 8 2014

See the Transparent Algorithmic “S” House with Intersecting Stairs

The same guys that designed the dizzying “cubic voids” house in Honshu Island built this almost entirely transparent home situated in Saitama, Japan. But instead of constructing a seemingly random orientation like the former residence, this structure, called the “S” House, has been designed from a carefully computer-generated algorithm that optimizes living space while using a series of zig-zagging staircases. The diagonal lines created by the intersecting stairs provide a seismic resistance against the frequent earthquakes of the region, while also giving the place an intricate and artistic look. Steel and glass make up the structural facade which visually contradict the other humble neighboring residences.

The interior is completely open, with different sub-levels viewable as if looking at a cut cross-section. This is another example by Yuusuke Karasawa Architects of challenging the definition and normalcy of privacy. We aren’t sure how someone could actually live here, but the house seems like a cool thing to know about. Look inside above.

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