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Transparent stair railing designed by the architect Mélanie Lallemand.

Mélanie Robin

Because they are able to make interesting the most banal of stairs or mezzanines, ramps and railings are not to neglect. Especially since it is not a question of means. Five architects, five visions.

In the layout of the house, the staircase holds a place of choice. Discover five models of ramps and railings that have everything to please created by architects.

Heavenly Steel Cage

This staircase leads to the attic of the house, a cozy place, dedicated to relaxation and games, where children have fun to visit. The owner wanted to secure him for his "chicks". The result is a white steel tube cage that closes the hopper, partitioned to the roof. The lack of handrail and the vertical lines, thin and high, make all the originality of the solution. For Rémy Oliel, the architect DPLG who worked on this project, "hopper, ramp and bodyguard must be treated as a whole, a continuity". A staircase is a connection between floors, an often central object, which is why "we must go back to the origins of the house: when, how, by whom and why it was built". Answering these questions allows you to find the style of the staircase and then adapt it to the spirit of the times.

Stairwell made of white steel tubes leading to the attic of the house. Buildings & Love Architecture, Rémy Oliel and Valérie Dimirdjian.

Buildings & Love Architecture

Exotic railing for the stairs

These bamboos, found throughout this renovated duplex, sometimes vertical (claustra, gardcorps ...), sometimes horizontally (as a false ceiling ...), protect the hopper of the stairs leading to the floor. A staircase that, thanks to an oculus, receives natural light. "Initially," said the architect Marine de la Guerrande, "we started on oak cleats, but we dropped them because of the cost and the weight." The bamboo, light and ultra-resistant, replaced them, maintained by leather ties. Surprising and equally warm. For Marine de la Guerrande, more than a security element, the guardrail is an integral part of the project. Like the staircase, which should not be a room in space: "There is nothing worse than not knowing where you are and where you are going when you are in a room. staircase." Light, materials, perspectives ... must make you want to go from one floor to another.

Bamboo stair railing, made by Marine de la Guerrande and Adrien Pineau. THINK TANK Architecture.

THINK TANK Architecture

Industrial-inspired ramps

Installed in an extension created to connect three old houses, this staircase leads to a footbridge which ensures the communication between the rooms of the children and that of the parents. It combines wood - solid oak - and steel, with a handcurrent that has a curved profile to the old. A patina finish gun barrel has retained the raw appearance of the steel. The industrial aesthetic creates a contrast with the environment both rustic (stone wall) and contemporary (painted wall, light fixtures). "Paradoxically, explains the architect Jean-Philippe Doré, bar-railings offer greater transparency than glass because they do not give off reflections, not to mention the expensive fixing systems that glass requires." The wood offers less transparency, while the steel, very fine, creates an interesting rhythm. "I like, he adds, let see how the staircase is built: the U-shaped slime for example."

Escalier of industrial inspiration imagined by the architect Jean-Philippe Doré.

Christian Pedrotti

Transparent mezzanine

In this house, we enter the floor and go down to access the living rooms. Interior designer Mélanie Lallemand has devised a railing as transparent as possible so that the eye, from the threshold crossed, plunges into the garden through the bay windows. Transparent to the point of not respecting the norm. Hence the plate of Plexiglas, maintained by discreet steel collars. "Architecture should not be imposed on the inhabitants, but let them breathe, give them their place", explains the architect. First of all, you have to wonder if you want to show or erase the staircase and its guardrail, to let you see what is behind it. Melanie Lallemand also attaches herself to the start of the staircase, where the hand arises and where, formerly, there was a crystal ball. This detail gives character to the staircase.

Transparent stair railing designed by the architect Mélanie Lallemand.

Mélanie Robin

Waxed concrete for structured stairs

It is in a house of architect built 25 years ago that Nadine Marchione intervened. In its center, this staircase which associated flamed ceramic and briquettes (they have not been disassembled), typical of the time. Now, it is coated with waxed concrete and has a ramp that is "like a ribbon of unwound metal". Made by a local craftsman, painted in the same matte blue steel as the joinery, it transforms the staircase into a sculpture and makes it a centerpiece of the house. Adapting the architecture of the staircase instead is not always easy. On the one hand, there are the norms, whose respect restricts creativity; on the other, there are the modes. This is why Nadine Marchione usually draws everything: stairs, but also objects, to avoid falling into conformity. This allows you to work with artisans and it is not necessarily more expensive.

Staircase made of waxed concrete by Nadine Marchione, designer and interior designer. Tara Creation Design

Tara Creation Design

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