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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.
Boy sliding down his home's slide

Photo: LEVEL Architects

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House with Slide

Sure, LEVEL Architects’ House with Slide, a three-story abode in the Higashiyama district of Meguro City, Tokyo, doesn’t look all that exciting. In fact, for those who aren’t into minimalism, the home appears to be downright clinical — all the neutral colors, clean lines and absence of personal affects. But true to its, name, House with Slide does boast one super fun feature: a giant interior slide that circumscribes the entire volume of the home. Yep, this is a house where going downstairs means either descending the stairs or careening down to the living room via built-in playground equipment. Although the slide appears to be mainly utilized by the children (they must be popular at school), living in this stark dwelling with a Chuck E. Cheese heart, we’re guessing that the fun-loving parents take advantage of it when the photo crews — or the kids — aren’t around. Oh, and did we mention the home has a ball pit room?