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Look ma, no handrails: a house designed for danger

Designboom presents a lovely wood-lined “Re-slope house” on a sloping site in Kobe, designed by Tomohiro Hata. Call in the handrail police; it is yet another in the series of what have been called deathtrap houses, with none of the protection between levels required in western building codes. Here, it has been done with purpose:Large skylights open up to the sky and trees, while illuminating the different timber platforms installed with a series of small niches for the large family. Despite…

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