staircase by atmos studio
staircase by atmos studio
mar 04, 2011

staircase by atmos studio

staircase designed by atmos studio

the sculptural staircase, designed by alex haw’s london-based atmos studio for a residential project, recreates the structural flow of the living spaces, incorporating the pattern of the house’s skirting board into its form. in accordance with the greater layout of the space, which seeks to visually connect rooms and other living spaces, the risers of the staircase extend into the bathroom space below, stretching along the wall and around existing furniture, to integrate fully into the space.

the stair was digitally fabricated, using sheets of MDF and oak that were digitally cut directly from the architecture team’s design plans into the individual pieces of the structure. each component was engineered to slot together, creating a unified form once assembled.

staircase by atmos studio

from the designer: ‘the stair is a continuation and intensification of the simple graphic skirting board lines that trace their way through the house. as they turn the corner into the stair void, they expand like a genie released from a lamp, curling and separating and bifurcating from the wall to form the delicate edge of the stair treads, lifting into the air to rise as the veil of the balustrade. this veil hangs gently from above as a series of thin paired threads, softly pulled back at the entry to allow movement past, gently splaying around the corner to meet and carry the arriving visitor onwards & upwards.

the risers of the steps above extend as vegetal beams to the bathroom below, growing from the structural wall like the boughs of a tree, holding aloft a lattice of vegetation above while ensnaring the toilet throne below, their timber extensions flowing around basins and shelves and into the details of the walls beyond. this detailed and sinuous journey continues throughout the house, a simple line climbing to open and form a pocket of light or furnishing, carrying the eye ever onwards in its adventure through the home.’

staircase by atmos studio left: view from bottom; right: view from top

staircase by atmos studio the design of the staircase repeats the architectural elements and flow of the entire renovation

staircase by atmos studio top view

staircase by atmos studio view of steps

staircase by atmos studio detail view

staircase by atmos studio the staircase design plans

via the independent

  • Very beautiful, but I am curious about what digital fabrication techniques they used?

    Annique says:
  • wow-it’s amazing how computers and digital fabrication have the ability to change the world of architecture-imagine if Antoni Gaudi had access to this technology

    ModCraft says:
  • Well…if Gaudi was alive he woulld do this much much better without any “digital fabrication”
    This is rubish!

    k manl says:
  • Amazing design, not sure about the chose of material or the quaility of the finishing??

    Grahamthemaker says:
  • I agree with you K mani. i have seen better

    Grahamthemaker says:
  • Victor Horta reborn

    dieter says:
  • I’m impressed with the fabrication.

    MrLi says:
  • Less is indeed more. Fewer curves would make for a visually stronger, less cluttered stairway. WAY overdone.Too much going on in a confined space with no windows.

    nellieJ says:
  • It is an interesting and intricate staircase. Too bad it doesn’t embody the design nature of the rest of the house. What links it all together is the baseboard? Great, so your eye naturally follows this brown line of wood just above the floor. Have fun sweeping, constantly.

    From the pictures, the staircase almost induces a state of vertigo. How would you like to go down those stairs after a few drinks?

    And what’s with that brushed METAL railing on a WOOD stair? That too should have been executed in the same manner as the rest of the stair, and not just slapped on as an afterthought.

    sassark says:
  • …if Antonio Gaudi had access computer technology, he probably would have spent all his time on facebook, and designed fewer things.

    sassark says:
  • this is too busy, not nice for the eye, what is the overall concept of the house?

    rbc says:
  • this is indeed a bad remake of Horta.
    less refined and less thoughtful in its way of use of material.
    I would call it post art nouveau.

    vince says:
  • just what master artisans used to craft 100 years ago (the time when this style was noveau art) in a much better quality with a hacksaw a hammer and profoundous material knowledge, without masses of cnc cutoffs even without electricity.

    tnt says:
  • I agree that the fabrication and finishing looks pretty awful. Digital art nouveau for sure, but all frill and no substance.

    n says:
  • Love the attention to detail and gorgeous material.

    Jessica Janes says:
  • I don’t like Gaudi that much, I love Horta’s work, and his house in Brussels is a pure jewel. This is a pale copy of Horta, and yet, however pale, … I wouldn’t mind climbing those stairs every now and then I must say.

    CD1812 says:
  • OMG: my mum would have said: who is going to dust all those nooks and crannies?

    Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should….

    peen says:
  • Not great, but not terrible. It beats 99% of the McMansions built in the last 60 years. If you look at the shots that give some indication of the rest of the house, it fits nicely. Probaly have a maid. Distortion of space by the photographs give the virtigious feeling.

    David B says:
  • it looks like 1900 …

    dk says:

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