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5 slide-centric homes for when stairs just won't cut it

By: Matt Hickman on Aug. 24, 2011, 10:19 a.m.
Playhouse by Aboday Architects

Photo: Happy Lim/Arch Daily

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It’s a familiar morning scene: a half-asleep, bed-headed kid still clad in his or her pajamas lumbers slowly down the stairs and into the kitchen. They rub their eyes and groan: “Ahh, Mom, oatmeal and prunes for breakfast again?!” At the Aboday Architects-designed Playhouse, a hulking concrete and glass abode just outside of Jakarta, this morning-time ritual takes on a much different form. The king of the house, a 5-year-old boy who “thinks that life is all about play,” can travel straight from his second-floor bedroom and into the dining room via a concrete “sculptural slider” that swoops outside of the home and back in, connecting the two rooms. When the parents of this very lucky kid want to come downstairs for a bite to eat in the morning, they’re forced to take the stairs like everyone else.