This staircase was developed for the restoration/ conversion of an old town house in Valletta, the Unesco protected capital city of Malta. The client wanted to provide offices for two companies and a residential penthouse on top. Local planning regulations stipulate that they need to have their own separate access (offices and residential)
We couldn’t put the staircase at the back of the building: for historic reasons the property at ground floor at the back street has always belonged to others.
We couldn’t put it on the front facade because of the valuable views toward the historic Grand harbour.
Hence we looked at a central room in the building, which we could have divided in two and put two traditional staircases side by side. Instead we introduced the story of the double-helix-staircase.
To have them running on top of each other within one space
To have a dialogue of hide and seek between the users of the staircase, to create a world within the building,within this darkish space.
The levels in this old building are very irregular and we created an additional mezzanine floor. In order to reach all these levels the staircase got its natural twists and irregularities.
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With this project AP (Architecture Project) won the Creative Re-use Category at the Inside Festival of Interiors Awards, at the end of 2011 in Barcelona.