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Suspended staircase

 

Suspended steel stairs give this split-level Norwegian apartment a bright, airy feel.

After acquiring the loft space above their lop-floor flat, the owners of this Oslo apartment asked Haptic Architects to find a way to unify the two levels without compromising on the amount of natural light. The London design studio's smart solution is a striking, slender staircase that is suspended between the upper floor’s joists. As well as connecting the new mezzanine level with the lower storey, it provides a discreet partition between the apartment's cooking and lounging zones. "We wanted the owners to be able to pass freely beneath the staircase and to ensure that their view of the home's windows was not interrupted," explains Nikki Butenschan, who runs Haptic's Oslo office. The steel steps stop short of the ground, so the final descent is made via a set of oak drawers, which are fixed to the wall and extend into a sweeping window seat.

"You have to design stairs to fit a space," says Butenschon. "It’s a matter of scale, detail and function." Butenschon began by sketching out ideas - early designs featured solid walls and bookcases - before arriving at this lean L-shaped solution with slim line balustrades and open risers. Each oak tread is fixed to two powder- coated steel uprights. To further brighten the space, custom-made tubular lights are installed between the mezzanine level's floor joists. Each one has an LED uptight that spreads a glow across the ceiling and a warmer halogen down light that illuminates the dining space below.





20-01-2016, 07:55
Autor: kastiel
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