Spence House, Beaulieu John Pardy
Basil Spence designed the main spiral staircase to the house as a separate element linked to the end wall by a short landing and enclosed in an octagon of black-stained vertical cedar slats. These had deteriorated and when the new extension was added the architect designed a new 16sided enclosure - of glass and vertical cedar fins - around the original staircase. The form is a 'homage' to Spence's slate-finned 'Chapel of Industry' at Coventry Cathedral.
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