Team Entry: Architectural Resource, Ann Arbor, Mich. & Giraffe Design Build, Ann Arbor, Mich.
Project location: Ann Arbor, Mich.
The design objective for this Ann Arbor, Mich. residence was to provide a visually striking “floating” stair. It was required that the new staircase would be both visually exciting and allow light and visual access to filter through the stair between the front of the home and the rear.
The project challenge for Architectural Resource and Giraffe Design Build was to reorganize the stair function, improving its use for circulation and opening up valuable floor area in the adjacent kitchen. The solution was developed to allow the stair’s circulation pattern to literally flip 180 degrees from one side to other. This improved the function of the kitchen on one side, and opened and connected the entry and second floor access to the living room on the other.
The design was established to be a minimalist assemblage of wooden slabs in trapezoidal forms. These were held away from the wall with a 1/2-in. reveal, and were also supported one away from the other, with a reveal between each subsequent step. The effect was one of art and function mutually enhancing one another.