Next to a full-sized tree house to live in full-time, a waterside in the house would likely top any kid’s wish list of unlikely architectural features. For a few lucky kids (and their adult parents), that dream has become a reality. Here are some amazing houses with slides built in, sure to bring out the kid in anybody.
Japanese Slide House
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Built by Japanese architectural studio LEVEL, this slide house in Japan is a three-story home with a slide that encompasses one entire side of the house, with a staircase facing the opposite direction. It’s possible to climb to the third story of the house and slide right back down to the first story.
The architects were specifically asked for a house “so special the children would cherish the memory of it for the rest of their lives,” and so decided to not only add something every kid would love (a slide), but made it an integral part of the house itself. The house was made with rounded corners to aesthetically fit the slide and the house together harmoniously.
The Rainbow House
Built in London and designed by AB Rogers Design, the Rainbow House is a colorful, kid-friendly “living artwork” that creates its own miniature universe of fun and discovery. The interior is deliberately designed to be surreal and cartoon-like, with mirrored surfaces everywhere and brightly colored walls and ceilings.
The house is full of enormous windows, trap doors, over-sized furniture, and a rainbow-colored spiral staircase that gives the house its name. Best of all, one of those upper-level trap doors open onto a winding slide that deposits explorers back on the first floor.
East Village Penthouse
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New York architectural firm Turett Collaborative Architects not only added a half-tube steel slide to the top floor of this penthouse’s 18-foot high space, they also transformed two adjoining apartments into a single two-bedroom duplex home. The lucky residents of this penthouse can either take the stairs from the upstairs office, or take the fast route down with the slide.
Part of a large gated housing community, this Indonesian house features a large, sturdy-looking spiral slide that extends beyond the dimensions of the building and extends from the second floor bedroom to the downstairs dining room. According to the architects, the slide was added for “the king of the house,” a lucky 5-year-old (who officially has no excuse for being late to the dinner table)
Thailand Luxury Villa
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If a regular slide wasn’t enough, how about a fully functional water slide? Built by Hong Kong-based holiday company Lulu Holidays, this spectacular villa has a top floor balcony with a pool, and a working 256-foot water slide that spirals from the roof down to the ground-level pool. This villa is available for rent to vacationing families in Thailand.
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London architect Alex Michaels guaranteed him a spot as “coolest dad ever” when he installed this straight slide right next to the staircase of his two-story home. Unsurprisingly, the Michaels home has turned out to be something of a kid magnet. But “we’ve been known after a big dinner party to use the slide,” he says of himself and his adult friends.
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Perhaps one of the most impressive (and expensive) indoor slides comes as part of this unusual underground dwelling. For only three million dollars, you could have a working indoor water slide that empties you out right in your sprawling indoor pool… if you can drag yourself out of your indoor jacuzzi, that is.
Article by John Fodder
John Fodder is a home insurance specialist at policyexpert.co.uk, who takes a keen interest in interior design and photography.