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Design Marvel - A Living Staircase in London

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Aug 05, 2015 01:01 AM
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by ESLTeam last modified Aug 04, 2015

Living walls have been popping up all over the place, so why not a living staircase? A little greenery here and there helps boost mood and London-based Ampersand, an office building for creative technology companies, seems to have gotten the message. Multi-disciplinary designer Paul Cocksedge designed a living staircase for the company that spirals up 40 feet over four floors in a large glass-walled atrium. Cocksedge's goal was to take the purpose of a staircase beyond just getting from Point A to Point B . Each circular landing features a reason to stop and experience your surroundings. The second floor landing features a small resource library, while the third and fourth landings have sitting areas for employees to stop and socialize. Notice how the central support column typical of a circular staircase is missing? That's a serious architectural and engineering feat! By taking out the central column Cocksedge was able to create the landings we talked about above. The balustrade garden features six species of plants - for now. Cocksedge envisioned the balustrade as a working garden for employees to plant herbs they can use in their food or drinks. There is even a hot water machine on the top level for brewing mint tea from mint harvested on the staircase! Cocksedge said "There's going to be technology everywhere. We felt that we needed a burst of color and we needed to bring a natural element to it." We think he nailed it.  How about you? Image Sources: Interior Design Magazine ; arch daily ; Interior Design Magazine ; Interior Design Magazine ; Interior Design Magazine






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