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Bookshelf-staircase into London flat by Zminkowska De Boise

In the design world, there are really brilliant ideas. This one is a great example of this!

Now, books can be stored beneath the wide steps of a staircase. Ok, let`s thank to Zminkowska De Boise Architects because they were who have the idea of connect the two halves of a split-level living room inside a London flat that was renovated.

I`m a read lover and you? If you are like me, today is your lucky day because it will help you a lot!

The project is named Rosa and John`s home, after the two clients.

zminkowska de boise_fot.Tom Cronin (5)

The architects created a series of large new openings through the existing interior walls, merging the ground-floor living spaces to create an open-plan dining room and kitchen.

They then added a set of wide white steps with built-in book storage, connecting the main living space at the front of the house.

The steps can used by the residents as an informal seating area, while nooks on either side more structured spaces for reading or studying.


The new open-plan layout allows light to filter from a bay window at the front of the living room through to the glazed patio doors.

“Typical of houses of the period with relatively narrow but deep plans, the centre of the house was formerly dark and disconnected from the rest,” these were the words of the architects.

zminkowska de boise_fot.Tom Cronin (3)

Lacquered oak parquet flooring help create a sense of continuity between the newly united spaces.

A bookshelf on the opposite side of the space features shelves that follow the heights of the steps. It is a good example of a generous workspace.

zminkowska de boise_fot_Tom Cronin _www_tomcronin_net (4)

“The scheme makes the most of the split floor levels, as floors in the snug become walls, and steps become shelves extending around the walls,” they said.

Photography is by Tom Cronin and Zminkowska De Boise Architects.


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