Location: Birkirkara, Malta
Status: Complete 2014
Project Team: Steven Risiott, Patricia Grech
Photography (completed works) : Alex Attard
Set in a modernist house, this staircase was remodelled to enhance the architectural proportions of the existing double height volume whilst taking on a minimal, geometric approach. The staircase was originally furnished with a timber balustrade and steel railing, composed of triangular elements enclosing serpentine motifs overlying a continuous wave. The steps were clad in alternating black and white marble interrupted with a grey marble landing. The railing was carefully removed and restored; organic elements were replaced by linear steel bars assembled in a bespoke geometric pattern reminiscent of the traditional modernist railings found throughout the property. Additionally, the flooring was stripped and re-clad in a clean white marble with minimal vein serving as a neutral backdrop to the railing design as well as a canvas for the natural daylight coming through the overlying skylight.
In addition a storage unit clad in timber was integrated beneath the lower flight of steps. The unit, which although encloses the space, allows the staircase to be read as a very slim marble profile creating an illusion of lightness and clear articulation.