Here at Acadia Stairs, we like to think that the right staircase design can be more than inspiring. It can breathe new life into a stale space while giving you a brand-new perspective.

Acadia Stairs loves highlighting staircase designs that we believe take the “extra step,” showing people what staircases can really do for a space when done well.

Our newest entry on that list: the “living” staircase.

Designed by Paul Cocksedge, this addition to the Ampersand office building in London’s Soho neighborhood is nothing short of spectacular. What we have here is a total rethinking of the spiral staircase—the model slinks from the top floor down, its sides protruding with plantings and flowers, and its three circular landings within offering a calm respite from office culture. It truly “lives” in its appearance, offering visitors a chance to stop, and quite literally smell the roses. (Or, in this case, fresh herbs)

What we love so much about this staircase is what it could mean for a building—it comes with a life of its own, becoming quickly the center of attention. It’s as if the office emanates from the staircase, and exists as this sort of safe passage within the frenzy of office life around it. As the designer himself says in Dezeen: “If a staircase is essentially about going from A to B, there is now a whole world living and breathing in the space between the two.”

This staircase not only effortlessly adds greenery into an otherwise standard “office space,” it also provides staff with a relaxing space to sit and sip which is a space very offices offer.

At Acadia Stairs, we excel in creating custom-design stairs for any residential or commercial client. And to us, the “living staircase” is the very reason why we’re in this business: to create designs that everyone can be satisfied with. For more information about what type of staircase we can create to improve your home’s design, contact us today!