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FORM Design Architecture collaborated with HI-MACS® to architecturally transform Flatiron House, an old and impractical office building in London. Described as “a staircase with rooms,” the result is a modern home built as a pied-à-terre in the city center.

The small triangular footprint of the two-bedroom house predetermined its seemingly simple spatial arrangement. The residence features one main room on each of the five floors, topped by a terrace on the roof. The kitchen, dining room, bedrooms and basement are integrated within Flatiron House, where the sculptural staircase is the backbone.
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The interiors are characterized by the apparent spaciousness of the rooms; the feeling of modernity and brightness come from the whiteness of its walls and acrylic stone surfaces. “The vertical spatial flow between the levels, provided by a signature staircase, feels natural and fluid,” says Mike Neale of HI-MACS®.

The banister, made from acrylic stone in the Alpine White shade, reinforces this flow of movement. It rises like a twisted and folded ribbon through the five stories of the house, framing a vertiginous 46-foot view from the glass roof to the basement.

modern residence (6)“The triangular floor shape meant that the banister of the staircase had to twist and rise up at a very steep angle from its inner edge, followed by a sharp bend,” Neale says. “HI-MACS® was one of the few materials that could take this shape, due to its ability to be bent at a very small radius.”

The U-shaped kitchen counter is perhaps the most eye-catching space in the apartment after the staircase. Made from acrylic stone that incorporates a stove and a sink, it has rounded corners and is complemented by large upper cupboards.

On the roof lies the terrace, a rejuvenating space in the heart of London’s West End. [Photos and information provided by HI-MACS®] modern residence (7)modern residence (9)modern residence (10)modern residence (14)modern residence (18)

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