Walmer Stair

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We were asked to design a required exit-stair for an existing Annex house that has been converted into four apartments.

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The full build-out was required to be free standing from the house with minimal disruption to the existing structure.

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We treated the exit-stair as a completely separate structure that celebrates its difference. The stair takes on an industrial character through the use of an exposed steel frame, linear elements and translucent wall panels.

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The translucent polycarbonate walls flood the stair with natural daylight, creating a pleasant interior environment for the building tenants. The back of the house becomes a new front as tenants can now safely enter and exit through both.

Location: Walmer St., Toronto, ON
Year: 2012-2014
Photography: Scott Norsworthy