Cocoon Stair _ 2011
Instructor: Valentin Bontjes Van Beek
The staircase poses the problem: a vertical space with only one level of access.
The Cocoon Stair generates a secondary platform. Half of the existing staircase
splits upward to meet the new platform. This splitting is an indication of how
the two planes - the first being the landing of the stair, the second being the
new platform - are related to each other. While they originate as one, they culminate
as two distinct identities.
This new plane is an inherently private one.
The balustrade begins as a railing and ends as a cocoon. In the same way, it also
begins in a public plane and proceeds towards a private one.