A typical Paddington terrace. Typical terrace problems - lack of light, steep winding stairs. The solution here was to reorient and replace the existing stair whilst enclosing an existing light-well to form an informal meals area. The stair acts as a light, sculptural element in the space. Hung from the floor above and descending onto the end of a joinery unit the new stair allows the perception of width and the flow of borrowed light from carefully considered glass doors to the room at the top of the stairs. The stair's steel structure is minimal and carefully considered. Architecture as jewellry.

Photography by Roger d'Souza 2011