Client: Private Client
Location: Hampstead, London
Architect: Milk Studio
Timber Cladding; Ardern Hodges
Totally unique fully cantilevered steel staircase from basement to second floor in the heart of fashionable Hampstead.
Technically demanding construction methods had to be devised to enable the triple laminated toughened low iron glass balustrade panels to hang freely from the top support structure.
This astonishing achievement allowed the 3.5M long glass panels to float without touching the sides or the treads.
In fact the glass panels followed the exact profile of the treads and risers as can be seen in the photos.
The amazing thing is the support mechanism was concealed within the 40mm width of the timber clad balustrade ensuring the glass and the timber was the same thickness.
The staircase was fully clad in Elm including the soffit to give a monolithic appearance punctuated by the glass apertures in some sections of the balustrade.
Truly an architectural masterpiece in technical terms which may not be surpassed in the foreseeable future.