Reaching upward to the sky plane, Implied Rotation Townhouse excavates the service spaces at its center, opening the traditional townhouse. Affirming light, air, and the passage of time, this interior void creates a new focus for family life.
Slipping into this space is a suspended staircase. Fabricated to enlist the dynamic energy of vertical movement, the rhythm of the stair structure manipulates the perception of both privacy and acceleration. Inverting the traditional sequencing of the townhouse stair which privileges the journey home to the public level at day’s end and the following ascent to the private spaces, this stair lends weight to the morning descent. In this shift, the unfolding privacy takes precedence, generated by the expanding energy of morning awakening and the movement from private bedroom spaces into the public family level at the greeting of the day.
Cascading from the upper floor, the fluid figuration of the support structure generates a gradient of privacy and a deceleration of pace in descent. Employing laser cut and folded stainless steel, the material rotation of the supporting stair screen anticipates an accompanying orbit of the body in space. Echoing the material rotation is the spatial rotation found in the corner cuts flanking the central family void. The reciprocal ascending/descending action of both body and space binds ground plane to sky plane generating the invigorating tension of dynamic repose.