Architect Aslak Krogness Haanshuus made stairs of a roof beam that was left over.
In search of a staircase there is only one of which can give you a home other can envy you?
What about this staircase?
But let it be clear right away: This stairway is not built according to current regulations for stairways.
This is not a staircase you should use as a model, at least if you want the building authority’s blessing.
The staircase is missing balustrades on both sides and handrails on one side.
Therefore, the stairway is neither child-friendly nor regular, but it feels safe enough for my use. And it can be done properly with simple grips, emphasizes the architect.
Beam became stair
Haanshuus is by no means the only one who ranks aesthetics in front of safety.
– As an architect, it is an exciting challenge to draw the stairs yourself. The design itself originated from the desire to use the beam that had to be removed as a constructive element.
The woody log slices diagonally through the living room, dividing the room into two. The beech has thus become the supporting element of the staircase – both in a constructive and visual sense.
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The steps themselves consist of triangular steel pipes that the architect has produced at a local metal workshop.
The result is a staircase that is unique in its kind.
Exposed roof beams
However, the stairs are not the only original at this Torshov apartment.
You do not even raise your eyes to see that the sky differs from the crowd. Naked beams cross the whole room – about what it looks like midway in a refurbishment project. Here, however, nothing is done halfway. Haanshuus thought the coarse pine cones were too fine to be sealed behind the plaster and plaster.
He wanted them in the light.
– Exposed ceiling beams give the apartment a rusty, rough expression, but more importantly; the ceiling height is raised by thirty centimeters, says the young architect.
The floor has grown bigger, not in square meters, but in cubic meters. Room expansion is not quantified in the housing prospect, but the feeling is clear enough. The room feels good to be in. Where it used to be dark and shut up, there is now light and air.
Too much air?
– No, I just wanted to create a large, open room that had direct contact with the floor above.
Aslak got the opportunity to build the ceiling and incorporate it into the existing home. The living space increased from 62 to 106 sqm. Nevertheless, he is left with fewer rooms than when he began rebuilding. I have actually made a four-bedroom apartment into a torrent, according to the architect.
It may not seem so beneficial to the paper. Who does not dream about an extra room?
Not Aslak. For him, the feeling of romance prevails.
– If you want to shelter, there is still a room with a door that can be closed, besides the bathrooms then.
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