These weighty industrial-looking steps span between two stories of a split-level flat and are clearly designed to stand out – a rough-hewn centerpiece to a minimalist modern apartment.
QC created them for a small Polish residence of a young couple seeking peace, quiet and simplicity but punctuated lively accents as well. A mirror on the main floor extends the sense of space and reflects the staircase.
The layout is divided into two discrete zones – upstairs for nighttime uses and downstairs for daytime functions. Thus, the stairwell makes for a prominent and almost processional experience – a kind of monumental connector joining these two separate areas of occupation.
The steps themselves are held together by hidden metal anchors running up through their center and attaching them to the walls for further support and stabilization.