Per the clients’ wishes, batlab placed the bed directly above the door and created a pair of stairs with male and female characteristics. The “male” side is located to the left of the bed and is defined by a recessed sheet metal staircase. In contrast, the “female” side’s staircase has a more open character and is integrated as part of the zigzagging orange ribbon. Small landing spaces flank the bed, which is located behind a large glass pane.
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Built from painted fiberboards (MDF) on a steel supporting structure, the orange ribbon simultaneously serves as a floor, ceiling, and stairs. The continuous element also includes space for shelves and hidden storage. “We were trying to validate design and functionality equally, which resulted in our trying to achieve such consistency and homogeneity that can as well incorporate male and female differences,” writes batlab.
Images via batlab, © Norbert Juhász