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4 Standout Staircases That Took Us To A Whole New Level

The reason why the following designs have made this list is due to how these architects have celebrated the simple staircase by designing it to be one of the most captivating features of a home. All the while maintaining a high functionality. The staircases listed provide contrast and mood, rather than providing a pleasant transitional experience, they provide an unique experience in their own right.  

Kasai Road by ipli Architects

A standout feature in this home is of course the grand staircase, which sets the tone for the curvature found throughout the space. Actually a figure-of-eight, the staircase touches various spaces throughout before finally opening up via skylights at the top. Its ventilation system draws air in from the bottom, before allowing hot air to head skywards. “We wanted to create a house with a rich and varied experience as one travels through it,” says architect Tay Yew of ipli Architects. “The outdoor living area is expansive and bright, it transitions to the staircase core, which is enclosed featuring light filtering in from small skylights at the top. The space opens up again when one walks into bright living spaces from the stair core.” [gallery columns="2" size="large" ids="95298,95299"] Photography by Studio Periphery. Read the full story here  

IH House by Andra Matin

On the 5,650-square-metre site, architect Andra Matin carefully shaped the sloping land to create a 3-level outdoor area. With a simple brief to create a house that is connected to the outdoors, the project team wanted to make sure the landscape could offer spatial experiences as dynamic as the buildings. The entrance connects the house to the surrounding neighbourhood and the ramp, connecting one level to the next, offers a dramatic entrance to the house’s main quarter, thanks to its long and narrow nature. At the other end of the ramp, a Trembesi tree welcomes one into a space that reveals the residence’s true size. The main building offers spaces with different degrees of openness: an open space; a space with a roof but without walls; and interior space with definite, but transparent, boundaries. IH Residence Andra Matin CC Mario Wibowo stairs Photography by Mario Wibowo. Read the full story here  

Tree-ness House by Akihisa Hirata Architecture Office

Akihisa Hirata Architecture Office recently completed Tree-ness House located in Toshima Ku, Tokyo, which draws inspiration from the organic structure of a tree. “One tree is organically integrated with a combination of parts having different characteristics, such as a trunk, a branch, and a leaf. As with tree, we tried to create organic architecture that could be formed by a hierarchical combination of different parts such as plants, pleats (openings) and concrete boxes,” says the team. Concrete ‘boxes’ are stacked three-dimensionally and provide an intriguing exterior along the streetscape. Inside, they form the fundamental structure of complicated voids and spaces that don’t necessarily line up on traditional levels. Tree-ness House Akihisa Hirata cc Vincent Hecht concrete boxes Photography by Vincent Hecht. Read the full story here  

Homage to Oscar by Luigi Rosselli Architects

The benefits of the classic 1960s house was its former staff quarters, which meant an entire hidden area could be used for the pantry, and a veggie patch and herb garden which lead into the laundry, a mess room, and a little study for the children to do homework – which connects to the garage by one of the circular staircases. The other grand staircase in the house, with blue-black granite steps, was updated with a new gold handrail. “You had to keep the good bits and just remove the bad ones – that was a continuous exercise though the build,” says architect Luigi Rosselli. Another example of this was the outdoor fireplace: the architects placed the original plans on a photocopier and blew it up by 50 per cent so it was finally useable. Homage to Oscar Luigi Rosselli Architects cc Prue Ruscoe | staircase Homage to Oscar Luigi Rosselli Architects cc Prue Ruscoe | spiral staircase Photography by Prue Ruscoe. Read the full story hereabc
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Hock Hoon On How To Craft A Timeless Home

Interior designer Ng Ci En believes that the best homes aren’t ones that look like they’ve come off a glossy magazine. Rather, they are well-crafted and timeless spaces that take into account the nuances of how their occupants live: their lifestyle, habits, idiosyncrasies and such. “I believe that as designers, we need to listen to our clients and understand the way they live. This is our starting point from where we design with consideration to space, aesthetics and ergonomics,” says Ci En, who runs the interior design arm at Hock Hoon, a boutique-style design and carpentry studio that was started by Ci En’s father, master craftsman Ng Chin Hock, as a woodworking workshop almost 30 years ago. Having helped out at his father’s carpentry workshop since he was a young boy in school, Ci En has seen firsthand how quality workmanship, attention to detail, and personalised service set the important foundations for a successful bespoke carpentry business. These same principles continue to strongly inform the way he approaches each and every interior project today. The interior designer is particularly inspired by Japanese architecture and design. He says: “I love the way the Japanese design their space, adapting it to their lifestyle and space limitations in a minimalist and non-decorative way.” In Singapore, where space is a premium and compact homes are the norm, Ci En’s expertise lies in crafting creative, timeless and space-efficient solutions that are well suited to small space living. His projects are often minimalist in character where simplicity and uncluttered interiors underscore the architectural features of the space and allow beautiful details to come to the fore. One of Ci En’s greatest enjoyment in the whole design and renovation process are the positive reactions from clients at the end of a project. “That ‘wow’ expression from clients at handover, that’s the moment I’m waiting for,” Ci En shares. Hock Hoon’s uniquely integrated carpentry and interior design service means the firm can ensure exacting standards are met from design all the way through to carpentry fabrication and final delivery of a project. As a family-run, boutique studio where the design arm is led by Ci En and the carpentry workshop by his father, Chin Hock, communication between the designer and master craftsman is clear, seamless and efficient. Every project is undertaken personally by the father and son team, so a client’s home is realised exactly the way it’s been envisioned. Hock Hoon hockhoon.com We think you might also like to learn how Nicholas Gurney uses design thinking in compact spacesabc