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Waind Gohil + Potter inserts CNC staircase into London home

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The puzzle-like stair was developed and fabricated entirely by the practice

The redeveloped house sits on a tight site in Shepherd’s Bush, London. The new staircase has been designed as a mostly freestanding, central feature that allows light to permeate through the space and up to different levels.

Materially distinct from the ‘white box’ interiors, the stair was CNC fabricated from wooden sheets, designed to be assembled as a kit of parts. 

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Architect’s view

The normal approach for site joinery – or anything for that matter – is to procure via either a main contractor or specialist sub-contractor. We’d taken this staircase to a point where we felt we could essentially do everything ourselves except for the final assembly. It was somewhat of a puzzle and a lot of effort was made in organising it all so that we didn’t get lost pieces. We also took into account building and material tolerances and that it all slotted together in sequence. We got there in the end, learnt a great deal and it was something a bit different. This process also offered the client some budget efficiencies. 

James Potter, director, Waind Gohil + Potter

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Project data

Completion date February 2017
Client Private 
Architect Waind Gohil + Potter Architects
Planning consultant DGW Planning
Structural engineer Price & Myers
Main contractor Roman Lake
Contract duration 12 Months
Form of contract and/or procurement Traditional/lump sum

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