Design - Elisa Grech, Simon Grech
Photography - Alex Attard
Writeup - Holly Knowles
In a compact residence, a ﬂoating sculptural staircase creates a striking focal point from an architectural necessity. Complimenting restored historic features with minimalist design, the staircase hangs like a lantern from a double-height ceiling, connecting a ground ﬂoor living/kitchen/dining area and a ﬁrst-ﬂoor reading nook and bedroom.
Extending four metres up through the heart of the property, the custom staircase structure is anchored by a slimline perimeter frame. Its interior spiral form is fully wrapped in white steel mesh which allows light to travel throughout. Safely cocooning the user as they make their way up or down, its perforated volume ﬁlters daylight into the stairwell and through to the kitchen behind it. By night, it illuminates the ground ﬂoor areas with a softly diffused glow.
To the rear of the property, a kitchen with Carrara marble counter-tops and open shelving spans the width of the back wall. To its left, a generously proportioned bathroom with original ﬂoor tiles and a soft grey colour palette is an exercise in simplicity.
On the ﬁrst ﬂoor, the staircase leads directly into an intimate reading space with contemporary furnishings and a view out through restored apertures. The bedroom, just off the landing, features warm birch ﬂooring underfoot and simple white walls. A traditional Maltese gallarija extends the room out into the quiet streetscape and ﬂoods the room with light.