budapest ribbon stairway apartment

This apartment in Budapest, Hungary is home to a young couple who wanted the interior to reflect the duality of the occupants. Designers Batlab achieved this goal with a unique ribbon-like insert running the width of the apartment.

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The orange ribbon of medium density fiberboard makes up two separate staircases: a male side and a female side. Both lead up to the central lofted bedroom, directly above the doorway.

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Concealed storage spaces within the zig-zagging orange insert open up behind thin panels in the wall. On the wall of the male staircase, more storage is embedded in the form of several small recessed shelves.

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The entire orange stair assembly is highlighted with a strip of lights snaking across its edge. At night, the lights illuminate the apartment in a geometric pattern that echoes the sharp angles of the rest of the space.