Apartments by EDIT!

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Apartments by EDIT!

This faceted spiral staircase was created by Czech architects EDIT! to join two neighbouring apartments in Prague.

Apartments by EDIT!

The central staircase has oak treads and glossy white panels that reflect light through three storeys of the building.

Apartments by EDIT!

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The following is from the architects:


Staircase by Edit! architects

We were commissioned to design a connection of two neighboring apartments in a residential building in Prague’s quarter Karlin, a former storehouse adapted by Baumschlager Eberle Architects in 2009. The clients liked the location and the character of the residential complex but required more space than the existing layout offered. Therefore they decided to purchase 2 neighboring apartments and connect them into a single unit.

Apartments by EDIT!

Our task was to design the connection of two triplex units on the upper floors of the building and thus create one large multi-generation apartment. As each of the original flats had its own staircase, one of them became naturally obsolete after the connection. In a further discussion with the clients we came to the agreement to replace both staircases by a new one that would serve better in relation to the changed layout.

Apartments by EDIT!

In addition the clients wished the new staircase to become the main feature of the interior that connects all three floors. At the same time, we were limited by the existing opening in the floor slab where the structure had to fit in order to avoid more demolition works. Finally we came to a concept of spiral stairs but broken into straight fragments. This way we were able to achieve the desired rotation in the given area. The bottom of the staircase follows the fragmentation and completes the overall sculptural effect, which – with a little exaggeration – recalls the Czech cubism.

Apartments by EDIT!

Besides offering attractive views from many different angles on every floor, the stairs also participate in light distribution thanks to the high glossy surface of lacquered MDF boards cladding. A light strip runs bellow the outer handrail providing an intimate illumination of steps that are made of oak wood to match the flooring.

Project architects:
Ivan Boros
Lenka Mikova

Cooperation:
Vitezslav Danda
Juraj Calaj
Matous Godik
Kristof Hanzlik

  • https://www.facebook.com/people/Beatrijs-Van-de-Griendt/100002113059980 Beatrijs Van de Griendt

    Really nice reference to Czech cubism. Especially the porcelain by Pavel Janak. http://www.modernista.cz/english/ma_janak.html

  • http://nordjyskehuse.wordpress.com/ Nordjyske

    The staircase is a bit over the top in my opinion.

  • http://www.thedisgruntledarchitect.wordpress.com thedisgruntledarchitect

    I do like how this uses form to add texture and interest to the neutral space; it maintains the color palette but creates a playful intrigue that is not imposing but intriguing. I appreciate that is does not dominate or detract from the rest of the space, its almost ironically subtle in its flippancy and abstractness.

  • http://www.edited.cz Ivan

    Thanks for the comments. If you like to see the construction process, take a look at this blogpost: http://edited.cz/?p=738