A wireframe staircase leads to a new top floor inside this renovated apartment in Milan by¬†architect Francesco Librizzi.
Before renovation the small apartment comprised just two rooms in a house built in 1900, but Librizzi was able to insert a mezzanine bedroom beneath the high ceilings.
The staircase is made from 14mm-wide lengths of iron, which create ladder-like treads inside a rectilinear tower.
For stability, the base of the staircase is screwed into the hexagonal concrete tiles that cover the floor.
Here's some text from Francesco Librizzi:
A very small apartment within a very ‚ÄúMilanese‚ÄĚ building dated 1900. Two rooms plus a bathroom, characterized by a narrow footprint compared to the quite high ceiling.
Windows, doors, and above all the floor tiles, had finishes and materials survived to another century: something precious to save as a resource for the new inhabitants of this space.
The strong identity of the interiors and the peculiarity of the narrow high section, gave the chance for a minimum but very significant intervention. We thought it was only necessary to unveil the hidden potential of the space, leaving all the rest¬†almost untouched. Nothing melanchonical, but also no obsession for contemporarity.
Adding a new layer to the exiguous surface¬†available¬†in the house was necessary. Making the trajectory to reach it architectonically visible, was all we needed to do. A new thin wireframe wrapping the bodies while approching to ‚Äú+1 level‚ÄĚ: a suspended night area inside the old house.
Axonometric drawing - click above for larger image