to transform the function of a series of steps so that they become much more than just a means of transitioning between floors, paul cocksedge has envisioned ‘the living staircase’.
commissioned by resolution property to develop a central feature for the creative office development ampersand in london’s soho area, cocksedge’s spiraling structure, double functions as a working garden. integrated plantable areas along the balustrade offer a green space that is not merely intended as decoration, but which also provides alternative social areas, encouraging members of the office community to contribute to its lush livelihood.
dissecting the framework of a staircase, the british designer has eliminated the traditional, load-bearing pillar at its center, revealing an clearance which he has occupied with landing platforms. as one emerges onto these levels from ‘the living staircase’, they enter the heart of the helical formation; these communal zones devoted to specific activities such as drawing, reading a novel or picking fresh mint for tea.