Suspended staircase

Suspended staircase

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.



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