Tolo House: The House of Staircases

Tolo House: The House of Staircases

Gregory Han
May 22, 2008

Architect Alvaro Leite Siza tackled a topographical challenge presented by a hillside slant by incorporating the architectural feature of stairs as an integral aesthetic feature of the whole Tolo House, inside and out. Check our a couple more photos of this amazing home under the jump...

The terrain's instability together with modest economic resources gave rise to a house with triple function: the home itself and its interior space; the organization of outdoor leveled patios corresponding to the roofs of various levels which permit the outdoor use of the garden; and finally, the creation of a pedestrian link between the paths of the upper and lower levels that border this lot. In this way the house itself is a path. Its form organizes a fundamental outdoor route. The exterior stairs that create a link between the patios mirror the interior stairs that have the same function of linking the designed compartments that are also developed through levels. In this way, the exterior stairs correspond to the interior ceilings.

Plenty more photos and information about the Tolo House at Arch Daily.

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