The Storyteller’s Home

A newly completed project in Stoke Newington. The Storyteller’s Home is a radical remodeling of a Victorian terrace house in North London.  More information to follow.

Staircase Design

Our clients, in The Storyteller’s Home in Stoke Newington work on innovative films that weave drama and documentary together to create compelling stories for cinema and television. They asked for two studio spaces to write and dream up new narratives.

We imaged the staircase as a “transitional space” and designed a CNC fabricated stair inspired by our fascination of how fire escapes are depicted in cinema.

We drew from movies we loved, recalling iconic scenes on fire escapes such as Audrey Hepburn singing Moon River in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, to Richard Gere conquering all fear to ascend the fire escape to be rescued by Julia Roberts at the end of Pretty Woman.

We wanted to make the staircase a special space apart from the rest of the house. During the day it brings dappled light to the floors below, while at night the play of shadows on the walls forms their own sense of drama.

Credits

Contractor
Talina

Engineer
Conisbee

Quantity Surveyor
Bonfield

Photography
Edmund Sumner
Neil Dusheiko