Loft Access | Tamir Addadi Architecture

• December 20, 2010

Loft Access by Tamir Addadi Architecture features a minimal stair design which is made of 6mm welded and painted steel sheet, to create a better connection between the loft and the rest of house.

+ Design statement by Tamir Addadi Architecture

The client asked us to replace the ladder to the loft with permanent stairs in order to improve the connection of the loft to the rest of the house, as he decided to start using it as a study. The main challenge was to design a staircase for the narrow space of 140 cm x 90 cm.

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BEFORE, image courtesy Tamir Addadi Architecture

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Loft Access, image courtesy Tamir Addadi Architecture

We found it important to come up with a design solution that would help integrate the two differently designed floors – the wood-clad loft with its clean modern lines, and the carpeted Victorian lower floor with its engraved banisters – without disturbing each of their distinctive characters. We aimed to achieve this by designing three minimal and separate elements that function together as a staircase but remain abstract in shape, and can be seen almost as pieces of furniture that have been placed in the space – rather then a fixed feature of either the lower or upper floor.

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Loft Access, image courtesy Tamir Addadi Architecture

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Loft Access, image courtesy Tamir Addadi Architecture

One result of widening the opening to the loft was an increase in the amount of natural light coming in from the loft’s skylight into the originally quite dark landing of the lower floor. The narrowness of the stairs and the fact that they are slightly removed from the wall contribute to this effect, as they let some light in all around them. Improving the flow of light was also another way of strengthening the connection between the floors and making it more inviting to use the staircase and climb up into the loft.

Materials: 6mm welded and painted steel sheet, 50mm painted steel post, 20mm toughened glass.

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Loft Access, image courtesy Tamir Addadi Architecture

+ Project credits / data

Location: Islington, London
General contractor: Krzysztof Potocki
Metal work: Metalex
Structural engineer: HPS
Design: Tamir Addadi Architecture | http://www.tamiraddadi.com
Photography: Tamir Addadi
Completion: 2010

+ All images and drawings courtesy Tamir Addadi Architecture

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Category: Interior

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