In a bayside Beaumaris house, a void above “the organic curved ribbon” of the stairs draws natural light through a slanted steel, glazed roof. At the same time, the stairs – as you scale them – become a platform offering views of the bay.
Steps Ahead (Paul Best, The Australian Financial Review, 27 February 2016)
This liquid-like staircase forms a spine. The pearlescent painted balustrade is fabricated out of 9 pieces of steel. A skylight above allows light to change the colour of the paint throughout the day. Wall lights introduce additional colour at night.
The stairs are undercut with a double profile of treads and risers. There is no first riser. The stairs appear to hover above the floor. They are also set off the wall with a recessed shadow line detail, a continuation of the ideas explored throughout the house. The edge of the stair void is supported by a single column which is also clad in silver mirror. Here the effect is that it ‘disappears’ reflecting its surroundings.