Stair of the week is a shifting workspace with alternating treads

Alex Delaunay
© Alex Delaunay

Stairs are an important element in many homes: not only can they get you to a higher elevation, they can serve a number of other functions from storing things, to even becoming part of a bed.

In transforming an early twentieth-century die casting factory in Brooklyn into a loft apartment for a family with two children, SABO Project (previously) decided to create a rather striking staircase design that features alternating treads to shorten the length of its run, integrated with tailored pockets and cabinets for storage, and a workspace.

Alex Delaunay© Alex Delaunay

Alex Delaunay© Alex Delaunay

Alex Delaunay© Alex Delaunay
Originally commissioned to redo only the bathroom, the firm ended up revamping the entire apartment when the clients realized they could do much more with the space. As the designers explain, the expanded design brief includes more partitioning to create the bathroom, two bedrooms, a walk-in closet, a loft for the children to play in, and a more efficient use of space that takes advantage of the now-raised ceilings to let in more light, and therefore, give the impression of a larger space:

The vertical combination of opacities and transparencies manages privacy while bringing natural light to every single space. The new connections between rooms establishes a continuum that expands each space beyond its limits.

Alex Delaunay© Alex Delaunay

Alex Delaunay© Alex Delaunay

The original concrete columns and concrete ceiling have been purposely left exposed, in order to reveal the historical and industrial character of the building.

Alex Delaunay© Alex Delaunay

The bathroom was conceived around a diamond-shaped ceramic tile, leading to the use of bold, colourful patterns and gradients that visually pop out all over the place, creating a seamless-looking space.

Alex Delaunay© Alex Delaunay

Alex Delaunay© Alex Delaunay

Done on a tight budget, this apartment renovation uses a number of smart design tricks to enlarge the space, bring in more light, and to make it a habitable home for a growing family in the city. To see more, visit SABO Project, Facebook and Instagram.

Stair of the week is a shifting workspace with alternating treads
These multi-talented stairs do more than one thing in this apartment renovation in Brooklyn.

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