Aligned alongside floating steps that bring you right up next to your favorite volumes whenever you walk up or down, this lovely storage system organizes space as well as books.

This Rotterdam townhouse is tall and narrow, but by pushing storage to the side, Shift enabled it to feel bright and open with continuously-flowing, open-riser stairs.

By pulling the steps back from the bookcases, each shelving box is allowed to float free and feel more like the first priority in the design from which everything else follows.

And it is more than just a visual effect: these cases are in fact part of the structural system of the overall house, replacing a load-bearing central wall down its middle.