Suspended in nature
Mountain and sky enter the apartment through large glass doors. The appealing geometry of the box staircase enhances the vista, its order contrasting with nature.
The architect’s concept was to import rational lines, softened by wood, on a diagonal. The staircase body would visually separate inside from out, private from public and the kitchen from the living room.
The box staircase seems to be made from wood and glass only; Interbau built the stair with a steel skeleton, hiding that frame behind distressed oak finished with natural oils alone.
A wall of free-standing glass encloses the kitchen and permits a clear view of the wood cladding, running parallel to the glass.
The extra-clear railing was engineered along with the stair to contribute to its rigidity and performance: the strengthened low-iron glass latches to the subframe in a sturdy way.
A penthouse apartment in the village center overlooks the ski runs of the nearby mountains. Interbau was instrumental in designing this staircase to allow expansive views from all corners of the apartment.