Scala Stair by Despina Souhlas

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Scala

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Stair

INSPIRATION:
This design was inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright Prairie Style Houses as well as many other buildings which utilize the effect of a tighter, lower space for a foyer to enhance the height of the following space that one enters into from the foyer.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Modifying the lower tread design so that it becomes a tunnel for the upper run offers the user two ways to experience the same design, first stepping on it then stepping through it. In creating the enveloping space on the upper run, we have the added function of providing a transition through a smaller space to enhance the scale of the room on the upper level.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
Treads are open loops for the lower run which stretch upward and become a tunnel to walk through from the landing to the upper floor. The purpose for this transition is to allow the upper floor to appear larger as one passes through the condensed stair space and enters the subsequent room.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
Beverly Hills, CA

FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Interior Space and Exhibition Design

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
raw steel, FSC certified wood with non VOC midnight mahagony stain

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
bentwood wood treads on a double steel stringer, 48" wide, 7" rise, 15 risers

TAGS:
stair, interior, gateway, wood, steel, transitional space, vertical connection, open stair, steel stringer, wooden treads, tunnel

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
Precedents using the concept of transitioning through a smaller space to emphasize a grander feel for the consequent space were applied to this project.

CHALLENGE:
In order to expand into an upper level space, an open stair design had to be developed that would de-emphasize the lower ceiling height on the upper level.

ADDED DATE:
2015-09-28 03:32:01

TEAM MEMBERS (2) :
Despina Souhlas and Nebojsa Stanic

IMAGE CREDITS:
Nebojsa Stanic
Despina Souhlas

PATENTS/COPYRIGHTS:
Copyrights belong to studio ESS 2013

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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
studio ESS

PROFILE:
When considering the beautiful proportions inherent in nature, we recognize the need to better understand these extraordinary geometries. They inspire us and fuel our attempts to utilize these proportions to create beautiful and functional designs. We attempt to address every detail of the design recognizing the relatedness of the smallest to the greatest detail in order to offer a unique and complete space/product. When discussing our design approach with our clients and how our goals would work synergistically with theirs, it evokes an enthusiasm within our clients that additionally fuels our motivation to design.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Scala Stair by Despina Souhlas is a Nominee in Interior Space and Exhibition Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Scala Stair by Despina Souhlas is Winner in Interior Space and Exhibition Design Category, 2015 - 2016.

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