The staircase by Prague based architecture studio Edit! is the 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 wished the new staircase to become the main feature of the interior that connects all three floors. At the same time, the architects were limited by the existing opening in the floor slab where the structure had to fit in order to avoid more demolition works. Finally they came to a concept of spiral stairs but broken into straight fragments. This way it was possible 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.
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.