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the door of death

I thought it would make a mildly amusing photo for the blog: seeing a new office worker tumbling out of the door that he had mistakenly thought was leading to the toilet. I waited three hours but sadly no entertaining accidents took place.

I wonder if anything like that has ever happened there. A door like that is surely asking for trouble. What if the boss is 'a bit of a prankster' and decided to put an emergency exit sign above it before setting off the fire alarm?

It's a door that, on the face of it, serves no purpose. Maybe it was meant to lead to a plush conference room, but the builders ran out of materials. Or just got bored and went home.

The most absurd part of it is the overhang. I mean, WHY?

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On Tuesday, 28 March, 2006, Blogger Citizen_Stu said:

Maybe the overhang is to give you something to grab hold of if you are quick enough  

On Tuesday, 28 March, 2006, Blogger Will said:

I reckon it's a Raiders of the Lost Ark invisible bridge thingy. "I go first Indy!"  

On Tuesday, 28 March, 2006, Blogger Name: Mr Moshi Moshi said:

It's Chow Yun Fat's residence in Japan. He values his privacy from obsessive fans and since he can fly, only he can get in to his house. I mean, haven't you seen Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon?  

On Tuesday, 28 March, 2006, Blogger Marie said:

Suicide door ?  

On Tuesday, 28 March, 2006, Blogger the englishman said:

It crossed my mind too, Marie. No wonder the suicide rate is so high in Japan, if they make it this easy. Hard day at the office? Life's a bitch? The door’s over there.  

On Tuesday, 28 March, 2006, Blogger Citizen_Stu said:

It's the 'special’ door out of the boss’s office for people he is 'transferring.'

"No really. Just go through that door to your new office."  

On Friday, 31 March, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said:

We have one of those on the third floor of a building at my university in Tokyo. Its an emergency exit... I guess you have an option that way - you can either burn to death, or leap to death...  

On Friday, 31 March, 2006, Blogger still_figuring_out said:


On Saturday, 01 April, 2006, Blogger katioschka said:

I love it. What a visual absurdity of the absurdity of life. Can't help trying to figure out what went through the architect's mind. Thank you for the picture.  

On Sunday, 30 July, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said:

I've seen simliar doors on a La Foret building. It's a fire escape. Hopefully there's some sort of ladder on the inside.  

On Wednesday, 08 August, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said:

I've seen a similar one. It was designed for moving pianos in and out of a rehearsal room on the 2nd or 3rd floor, using a crane or a truck with a lifting mechanism. The elevators inside the building are much too small for a grand piano.

But obviously this door is smaller.  

On Tuesday, 23 February, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said:

It's where the Birdman of Alcatraz lives....  

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