Need to get from the bedroom into the foyer? Try one of these quirky chutes.

If play is the opposite of work, then every home should have a mandatory slide. It’s significantly faster than taking the stairs, greener than an elevator, and more compact than either. Plus, you will never have to go to the playground again. In fact, as an adult in New York state at least, you aren’t even allowed to be at a playground in the first place (unless accompanied by someone under 12)… All the better to include this surprising centerpiece to your own home.

Whether this is for a family home or for some young-spirited adults, having a ludic environment encourages discovery and play, in turn nourishing that trendy creative lifestyle we all want. Not a new development by any means, big game-players like the situationists and post-modernist folly-makers have been forcing fun upon those caliper-wielding architects for a while now. However, the "house as playground" model has never been as prevalent, and architects are coming out of their shells to step into a whole new stereotype of “professionalized playgroup.” See the nifty way they managed to sneak slides into residences.

Skyhouse by David Hotson Architects 
Odeon Tower by Groupe Marzocco


The Galfond Residence by Turett Collaborative Architects

Panorama House by Moon Hoon 
Playhouse by Aboday

House in Nakameguro by Level Architects 

The Rainbow House by Ab Rogers Design
House in Togoshi by LEVEL Architects 
Red Bull HQ in London by Jump-Studios 

Playing connect-the-dots is not only restricted to residential interiors though, and is now increasingly seen in the workspace, (thanks, Google). Indoor playgrounds accompany the paradigm shift that is seeing less suits and more play in the office… Making the workers just comfortable enough to never have to ever leave again.

The ten-story slide at the City Museum in St. Louis, Missouri, assembled by artist Bob Cassilly (Flickr)

This post originally appeared on Architizer, an Atlantic partner site. 

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