Stairwell Library

A bookcase using the tall wall above a flight of stairs in a flat in central London, with a ladder which hangs like a sculpture when not in use. I went through several variations of split counterweighted sliding ladders before settling on this simpler solution, which needed a prototype stage for the ladder to find the best relationship between size, weight and strength. The steel bar which the ladder clips onto also supports the weight of the shelves. Sapele, steel and aluminium.