London-based Zminkowska De Boise Architects are responsible for the renovation of this London Flat project, the idea was to connect the two halves of a split-level living room. To achieve this plan the architects designed a staircase that at the same time is a bookshelf, where the book can be stored beneath the wide steps.
The project is named Rosa and John’s home, the alteration made on the ground floor of a two-storey Edwardian terrace, the architects created a series of large new openings through the existing interior walls, merging the ground-floor living spaces to create an open-plan dining room and kitchen.
The key element of this project is a set of wide white steps with built-in book storage, connecting the main living space at the front of the house, with a “snug” that sits at a slightly lower level towards the back.
The bookshelf/staircase has more than one function. The suggestion was to create a space that could be used by the residents as an informal seating area, while nookd on either side of the stairs form more structured spaces for reading or studying.
“The steps have been appropriated as a place for family members to sit, chat, read, write, draw, perform, and play, and the snug has become the centre of the home and of family life,” explained architects Hanna Zminkowska and Richard De Boise.
“Typical of houses of the period with relatively narrow but deep plans, the centre of the house was formerly dark and disconnected from the rest,” said the architects, so they design this ope-plan to bring more light to the interior through a bay window at the front of the living room.
“The snug has become a naturally lit, well connected space, with views through the living area to the front garden and street, and through the kitchen and dining area to the back garden.”
“The scheme makes the most of the split floor levels, as floors in the snug become walls, and steps become shelves extending around the walls,” added the architects.