Emmental Stairs by Biljana Jovanovic


Emmental Stairs by Biljana Jovanovic

With its circular perforations, this staircase in a Budapest house by Croatian architect Biljana Jovanovic resembles a wedge of Swiss cheese.

Emmental Stairs by Biljana Jovanovic

Aptly named Emmental Stairs, it is located at the centre of the house and hovers just above the floor in the ground floor living room.

Emmental Stairs by Biljana Jovanovic

Treads are set at alternating angles to relieve the necessary steep incline of the staircase.

Emmental Stairs by Biljana Jovanovic

Photography is by Gerardo Altemir.

Emmental Stairs by Biljana Jovanovic

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Emmental Stairs by Biljana Jovanovic

Here is a description from the designer:

Emmental Stairs

The Emmental stairs was designed for a young creative family with an equisite design taste and an eye for details, and their two children. They were just starting the refurbishment of their apartment and wanted interior stairs that would harmonize with the historic ambiance of the apartment and their aesthetic requirements, but also add an extra touch to their living space.

Emmental Stairs by Biljana Jovanovic

Since it is centrally located in the apartment, it inevitably had to be treated as the focal points of the space. Its suspended encasement divides living room from dining room and kitchen. It provides certain level of intimacy without isolating these spaces. The circular perforations on the sides let the sunlight seep through, creating surfaces that change the dynamics of the whole interior. The motif for circles was inspired by large windows that another focus point of the apartment. As they remind a lot of holes in cheese, the project was named Emmental Stairs.

Emmental Stairs by Biljana Jovanovic

Apart from being used for its original function, this "object" features a playful touch for children as well. It is used as an inspirational toy, that boosts their imagination and develops their creativity. Due to technical restraints the slope of the stairs had to be kept quite steep. This was somewhat eased through usage of angled treads that complements the visual effect of the stairs. About designer: Croatian architect and designer living and working in Budapest, HungaryLocation: Budapest, Hungary

Year of completion: 2011
Designer: Biljana Jovanović
Construction: Gergő Markó

  • hef

    to dangerous for kids!!!! try to imagine: kid put his head thru the hole and his feet slipped of the stair…hi will break his neck!

  • is anyone hunrgy?

  • elleryxo

    Yeah that kids a gonner

  • I like it. They turned the stair into a focal element of the space, without being too overbearing.

    And I don't think the holes add any risk to the child's safety. If anything, that toddler is in more risk of trying to slide down the banister, than squeezing to his death through one of those holes ;)

  • PS: Ah, what an idiot I am.There's no way the kid could slide down with that stair. Forget my comment >_<

  • helenthornber

    Brilliant solution to a steep focal staircase! And it looks safer than some of the staircases I've seen… kids injure themselves on the "safest" staircases anyway.

  • Paul Collett

    Visually, it's a creative design and I can't imagine the circles being anymore of a dangerous element for a child than any other type of stair. However, the functionality of the "stair" may be another matter. I understand the constrains of the steep angle, but it is far more of a ladder than a set of stairs. Even with the alternating angles of the treads, seemingly it would be difficult at best for an adult to use it comfortably and safely, much less a child with smaller legs, considering the widest parts of the treads are the furthest from the middle.

  • My children would LOVE a staircase like that! they would never use the stairs, instead they would use the perforated sides as a climbing wall. I think it is a great idea. Motor skills, balance, fun, competition, muscle strength – it will all increase.