Trends: The Minimal Floating Staircase

A minimal open stairway of blackened steel and concrete in a building by APOLLO Architects & Associates. Photo by Maseo Nishikawa.

A minimal open stairway of blackened steel and concrete in a building by APOLLO Architects & Associates. Photo by Maseo Nishikawa.

 

When five o'clock hits we've no problem with encouraging an after work libation.  Especially one enjoyed from the comfort of one's own fully stocked home bar. However, an architectural trend has been gaining in popularity that causes us to pause and evaluate the scenario prior to making our final verdict.  That is, at least, to ask one simple question.

What does your staircase look like?

You see, the growing popularity not just of modern, simplified interior architecture but also a trend towards minimalism has resulted in a trend of death defying proportions - the Minimal Floating Staircase. Balustrades?  Gone.  Treads? Nearly non-existent.  Railings?  Optional.  The escalier at its absolute simplest. Delicate forms meant to serve a dual purpose; to at once elevate the resident to another level and to serve as a functional piece of art.

Aside from the occasional wish to remain on the level on which we entered the residence, we couldn't agree more.

what do you think of this architectural trend?

 
Photo by Hiroyki Oki

Photo by Hiroyki Oki

Anh House
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Thin steel, a narrow pole, and a near transparent double rail cascade between heavy concrete floors as if it they were nothing more than ribbon caught in a slight breeze.

Sanuki + Nishizawa Architects
www.splusna.com


Spamroom
Berlin, Germany

Disguising the structure's real heft, a folded sheet of steel, painted to blend in with the wall behind, makes up one half of this micro-loft's delicate staircase.

John Paul Cross
www.spamroom.net

 
Photo by Ringo Paulusch

Photo by Ringo Paulusch

 
 
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Lattice-ApolloArchitects

Lattice
Tokyo, Japan

Blackened framework provide a foundation for APOLLO's zig-zagging structure, its horizontals filled in by dark finished panels. 

APOLLO Architects & Associates
www.kurosakisatoshi.com

 
 
 
Photo by Justin Alexander

Photo by Justin Alexander

Bronte
NSW, Australia

Yin & Yang collide down under, Rosselli's escalier in New South Wales contrasting dark against light, heavy against the weightless, and transparency against the opaque.

Luigi Rosselli Architects
www.luigiroselli.com


T House
Kyoto, Japan

The jagged edge of sinuous T-House staircase showcases the art of duality with a heavy concrete spine embedded with free floating treads.  Its rail ending part way ensures the climber plays a supporting role in this production.

Atelier Boronski
www.atelier-boronski.com

 
 
Photo by Filip Dujardin

Photo by Filip Dujardin

House G
Geldermalsen, Netherlands

As if supported by Angels, the natural finish oak boards that make up the footholds of this staircase find support from narrow steel rods embedded in the ceiling above.  

Maxwan Architects + Urbanists
www.maxwan.nl


MeCri Museum
Minusio, Switzerland

Not unlike the Berlin staircase, MeCri's work of art blends nature and industry, lightly washed wood folded against pure white walls and a thick pane of glass. Mother Nature's minimalism.

Studio Inches - Matteo Inches
www.inches.ch

 
Photo by Marcelo Villada Ortiz

Photo by Marcelo Villada Ortiz

 


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