这套房子的主人是一对30多岁的年轻夫妇。他们都是教师，有一对双胞胎。当他们要求我们设计他们的梦想家园时，他们有三个主要的要求：一个是 "人聚"，因为他们喜欢学生来探望他们，另一个是 "温暖明亮"，还有一个是 "保护他们的隐私"。
The owner of this house is young couple in their 30’s. They are both teachers and have twins. When they asked us to design their dream home, they had three key themes in mind. One is “people gathering” as they love their students visiting them, another is “warm and bright”, and the other is “protect their privacy”.
The land is located at seaside. In winter, it suffers from the strong, cold sea wind and a short number of daylight hours. To the south of the land there is a 3-metre wide road and a 4-metre high bank leading to open ground. From the West is a combination of strong direct sunshine and sea wind. To the North is a road to the local village and to the East is a two-storey house closely.
考虑到业主的三个关键要求和土地的位置，我们设计了这个 "楼梯形 "的房子作为解决方案。为了让阳光进入屋内，在南侧的台阶中间有许多玻璃缝隙。玻璃缝隙不仅让他们感到自由，同时也保证了他们的隐私。楼梯形 "的房子让人自动向上看，给人没有压迫感。楼梯形的墙体由瓷片制成，因此是免维护。
Taking into consideration the owner’s three key requests and the location of the land, we designed this “Stair-Shaped” House as a solution. To allow sunlight into the house, there are a number of glass slits in-between the steps on the south side. The glass slits not only make them feel liberating but also keep their privacy at the same time. (Diagram 2) .The “Stair-Shaped” House makes people automatically look upside. It gives them no oppressing feeling.(Diagram 1). The stair shaped wall is made of porcelain tiles and, therefore, maintenance free.
The outside structure links the garden to the rooftop, and the inside of the house links a private porch/reception/lounge area to the bedrooms. The windows are designed and situated to allow in as much sunlight as possible, whilst retaining privacy.
Additionally, the “Stairs-House” achieves the aim of allowing in both daylight and ventilation very efficiently. In summer, the house has a nice breeze blowing through the small garden situated on the south side and removes heat through both opening and ventilation fan on the north side. Also, the slit windows stop the strong, direct sunshine, whilst allowing the indirect reflected light into the house.(Diagram 3)
In winter, this design keeps the house warm by allowing the maximum amount of sunlight into the house, in addition to the comforting warmth from the under floor heating and a wood-fire.(Diagrum 3). The “Stairs-House” is a perfect solution that can be adapted to any type of climate!
Project: Stair House
Design Firm: y+M design office
Site Area：343.24 ㎡
Building Floor Area：110.46 ㎡
Total Floor Area：142.66 ㎡