In a typical office building, stairs tend to be strictly utilitarian: a way to get up and down and nothing more. When they’re windowless, cement-walled, and fluorescently lit, it’s not surprising that people end up taking the elevator.
But more architects are starting to pay more attention to staircases, whether it’s to deliberately encourage people to exercise, as in the Bullitt Center’s “irresistible stairway” in Seattle, or as a place to socialize, as in this new project in London.
Designed for a new office development in Soho, London, the “Living Staircase” has hidden rooms at each landing. “The office space will be rented to many different creative companies, so the central staircase feature creates the perfect opportunity for staff from different organizations to interact,” explains architect Paul Cocksedge
Via Lauren Moss