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From humble to staircase to dynamic architectural centrepiece

Hallways and stairwells are the often the centrepiece of a home, places where guests gain their first impressions and the space that ties all the other elements together. The stair above is from the Black Madonna House designed by Josef Gočár in Prague and is a playful cubist reinterpretation of a balustrade. What makes the whole stairwell even more dramatic is the play of light from the rooflight above, casting an ever shifting pattern of shadows.

Ironically for something appearing so avant-garde, the house this handrail belongs to was completed in 1912, but it shows that there remains huge creative potential in the humble staircase.

 

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