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A literary staircase

down-stairs-1.jpgA contender for our Made By Masters series?

We’ve written before about Stairways to Heaven and steps that don’t go anywhere. Well, here’s a positive example: the space consists of nothing but steps (but useful steps giving access to lots of books). The perfect library in the attic…

Credited to the company Levitate, apartmenttherapy.com writes:

London-based Levitate Architects came up with this ingenious solution to a book storage problem and created a loft-like bedroom nestled under the roof of the top-floor apartment.

down-stairs-3.jpgLevitate’s Tim Sloan is quoted as saying:

We created a ‘secret’ staircase, hidden from the main reception room, to access a new loft bedroom lit by roof lights. Limited by space, we melded the idea of a staircase with our client’s desire for a library to form a ‘library staircase’ in which English oak stair treads and shelves are both completely lined with books. With a skylight above lighting the staircase, it becomes the perfect place to stop and browse a tome.

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