Top 5 Homes of the Week With Spellbinding Staircases
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1. Bavaria Road Studio
Architect: Webb Yates Engineers, Location: England, United Kingdom
From the architect: "Once a Methodist Chapel, this double-height space in North London now serves as a live/work studio apartment for former Director of The School of Life, Morgwn Rimel."
2. Apartment in Ahuehuetes Norte
Architect: Taller David Dana, Location: Naucalpan de Juárez, Mexico
From the architect: "Located in a residential building in Bosques de las Lomas, the design process for this apartment was approached from a sober perspective in architecture, a monochrome scale interrupted by color accents provided by vegetation and subtle details in the furniture. The composition aspires to reflect a timeless space capable of providing comfort and sense for those who inhabit it."
3. Block House
Architect: A-001 Taller de Arquitectura, Location: Mexico City, Mexico
From the architect: "The structural design was dictated by the intention of giving lightness and volatility to both prisms. Slender columns support the black prism and free the space beneath it. Materiality emphasizes the contrast between solid and light. Wood and marble stones used in the interiors complement the aesthetics of the house."
4. Vista Residence
Architect: Miró Rivera Architects, Location: Austin, Texas
From the architect: "Tucked into a steep site in West Austin, the Vista Residence is organized around a three-story, sculptural steel staircase that acts as the hinge point for the residence, with rooms and hallways unfolding from it on every floor.Assembled from 5/8" thick plate steel with white oak treads, the staircase took eight months to fabricate, assemble, and paint. During construction, a large opening was left in the roof structure so that the shop-fabricated sections could be lowered into place. From the spaces around it, the central staircase provides a dramatic focal point, revealing itself in curious and contradictory ways. Depending on the viewpoint, it can appear massive and structural, or light enough to float. A light well on one side counters the sensation that the lowest level is buried into the hillside by providing ample natural light deep into the floor plate."
5. Metamorphosis House
Architect: Kevan Hoertdoerfer Architects, Location: Charleston, South Carolina
From the architect: "The broad brush design of the house was to generate a light filled, airy volume for an owner with contemporary taste in art and design. With houses on either side and limited views the approach was to introduce natural light with translucent panels along the sides facing the neighboring residences and large glass panels framing the views of the trees and sky to the south. The double height main area that includes the entry, kitchen, two dining areas is the hub of the house. From here the floating stairs leads up to the loft-esque master suite with views out to the trees framed by the angled roof lines and the front deck."
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