This ‘ninja house’ has holes for walls and ladders for stairs

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A home fit for ninjas.
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Taking the stairs can sometimes feel like a chore. But that’s nothing for this Japanese couple, who navigate their four-story home by ladder.

House T by Hiroyuki Shinozaki Architects – also dubbed the “Ninja House” – has no interior walls, hardly any floor space, and only a few wooden ladders to maneuver between its levels.

Take a look below at the radical design.


House T is tucked between two other townhomes in Tokyo. On the outside, it looks like a normal home.

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It was completed in 2013.


But on the inside, there are gaping holes in the floors and walls.

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On the first level, there’s an office and living room. Wooden stairs that double as a bookcase lead to the second floor, which requires a bit of a jump.

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The couple travel between the levels by ladder.

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The second floor is divided into four different spaces. Plants dangle from the upper levels, and couches, tables, and rugs sit on the home’s slender floor space.

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“This house has flexibility, so that its residents can change the layout to fit their way of life,” lead designer Hiroyuki Shinozaki tells Business Insider.

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Although the house is only 750 square feet, its wall-less design opens up and brings new life to the space, Shinozaki says.

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Ladders lead to the other levels, which feature a kitchen, bedroom, dining area, and second living space.

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Hanging lights — and natural light from the cavernous design — illuminate the house.

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At the top, there’s an attic and space for storage. The final ladder leads up to a terrace on the roof.

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In 2013, the couple who commissioned the home told CNN they call it the Ninja because they need to be extremely nimble to move from one room to another.

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“We feel we’re getting in better shape these days,” said resident Hanae Terado. “We never fall.”

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Source: CNN