Wood alpine, true protagonist.
Irish clients purchased a nineteenth-century farm in northern Italy, and engaged a British architect for its renovation. The architect chose to use local oak extensively throughout, a cosmopolitan touch that blends well with the soul of the home.
Interbau made two staircases for this project: one stair is a grand flourish that transports people from the first floor to the second; the other stair leads to a private gallery lounge used as a library.
For spiral staircases, a strict geometry defines its impact. Every tread, hewn from solid oak, fastens imperceptibly to the twisting stringer, carved from a steel tube; clear glass closes the gap in the risers, allowing light to pass through.
The staircase and railing are made from solid, laminated oak and extra-clear glass. Treads become shelves that support photos, music collections and sentimental objects, perfect shorthand for the wooden built-ins and furniture found on all floors. Stainless steel fittings grip the low-iron guardrail to the tread, and then to the wall as it transitions onto the mezzanine.
Choice materials and simplicity imbue these staircases with original personalities; though functional, these stairs act as décor, furnishing the house.