Most of us see stairs as something to use in order to go up or down a floor. But with a dash of creativity, especially in a small space, they can mean so much more, as seen in this clever renovation of a small apartment for a family of four by Danish architecture and design studio Spacon & X.
Seen over at Designboom, the tight quarters in the existing living space meant that the new stair design had to incorporate storage -- a space-saving strategy we see often in tiny houses. With a glass wall to one side, the stair acts as both as a semi-partition and as a connector of spaces: part of it becomes a bench for the dining table, another part folds up to become the kitchen counter, creating an impression of seamlessness and ultimately bringing the whole space together.
The kids' bedroom functions as a playroom for climbing around in, and includes these convenient rolling components that hide away a desk and more.
We haven't shown the living room, but there are a number of lovely, multi-purposed design ideas here with a unique bit of flair, showing that sometimes, a stair can be much, much more. For the rest of the images, head on over to Designboom and Spacon & X.