Kappa House by Archipelago Architects Studio uses staircases as surfaces and partitions

Archipelago Architects Studio arranged this house in Kanagawa, Japan, around a series of central staircases that divide the spaces and provide places to sit or relax.

The Tokyo-based architecture office designed Kappa House to occupy a compact plot that was originally part of the neighbouring house’s garden.

The client for the project is a street performer whose act imitates a folkloric water sprite called a kappa, from which the project takes its name. The house’s living spaces include a small rehearsal room where the owner can practice.

The video is by Grafilm.

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