About Modern Stair
Staircases can be more than routes to other levels. They can also ‘wow’ as a design feature and add an architectural statement within a home. This stair takes the ‘wow factor’ to the extreme while offering the minimalist interior of the home something complex, sculptural and striking – a physical and figurative fracture in the architecture.
This folding stair drew inspiration from origami trees: a trunk growing, branching out, and reaching skyward. As you ascend, natural light streams down from the skylight above. The walkway’s zigzag movement encourages pause to take in the beauty of the tower. Each level provides a distinct view of the abstract composition within the ordered plan. The materials—metal, wood, glass—are antithetical, yet compliment the minimal architecture of the home.
The adjacent exterior wall folds in conjunction with the composition of the stair. Made of black brick, the folding plate walls are an enigma in relation to the traditional brick houses in the neighborhood.
From a technical perspective, stairs are one of the most challenging aspects of architecture due to precise dimensioning, restrictive building codes, multiple trades and budget. This unique design required careful planning by a large team of designers, engineers and fabricators.
About the 2020 Luxe Red Awards
Residential Excellence in Design is a submission-based design awards program honoring excellence, innovation and the best residential architecture, interior design and landscape architecture projects from across the country. In conjunction with Luxe Interiors + Design’s Editor-in-Chief and editorial team, a multidisciplinary panel of notable industry experts reviewed submissions of residential projects in nine categories and selected the winners. Each project was evaluated on its own merits according to criteria including aesthetics, regional relevance and creativity. Winners are acknowledged online, via social media, in-book and at events via Luxe’s national platform.