This creative family home features a series of climbing walls and ladders that guarantees to keep the family active. Located in a suburban area in Tokyo, the 3way House was created by Japanese studio Naf Architect & Design and offers an alternative to traditional family living. The structure resembles a modern Japanese family home with wooden flooring, kitchen and furnishings, however there is one obvious twist - do occupants take the stairs, ladder or wall to ascend?

“We aimed to create versatile living space which allows more opportunities to socialize with neighbors while multiplying family pleasure by closely connecting the ground and rooftop with three means of transportation,” says Naf architect Akio Nakasa.

To fulfill the district regulations, where the minimum housing height is seven meters (23 feet), the wooden home stretches over three levels and features a rooftop deck surrounded by a two-meter (6.5-foot) parapet. The parapet acts likes a protective wall around the open-air rooftop and ensures that the building reaches the required legal height. It also offers a great space for social gatherings, barbecues or relaxing. Furthermore, rooftop access can be reached by the seven-meter climbing wall that scales the home from the ground floor up.

Throughout the home a further series of ladders offer access to the living room, games room, kitchen, laundry and bedrooms. If you don’t feel like making the climb, however, there are also traditional stairs that run up from the kitchen to the sun room. These creative vertical pathways don’t only change the lifestyle of the home, but also create openings for natural light and air to flow through. Although the exterior of the building is quite simple and unassuming, we can pardon the architects as the fun climbing pathways make up for it.

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