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Bookcase Stairwell is Central to a London Retrofit

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A staircase that is a home for books was made in a renovation of a north London home by Hackney studio Platform 5.

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The clients needed to house an extensive book collection.

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So at the heart of the house, the main feature is a double height library built around a staircase.

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The upward movement of the stepped bookcases echo the steps in the stairs.

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At the top of the stairwell, a cosy study desk  is tucked into the landing space.

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The small desk juts out over the stairwell, making use of the waste space.

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The retrofit introduced contemporary interventions to add modern living spaces as well, a dining room.

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More bookcases are squeezed in elsewhere too.

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A large glass door and a huge L-shaped window bring in lots of light to the dark mews space.

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An exposed concrete islands counter with a rustic hand-formed finish continues the muted tones and textures of the exposed brickwork and oak.

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The forthrightly modern kitchen now extends to a sitting area overlooking the garden.

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The result opens the house to the garden, framed in the ubiquitous London stock brick of the region.

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