Paul Cocksedge's Design Encourages Relaxation and Creative Thinking

By: Meghan Young - Jun 21, 2015
References: paulcocksedgestudio & contemporist
The Living Staircase by Paul Cocksedge may have been conceived a couple of years ago, but that doesn't mean the real thing isn't still impressive. Recently completed, it is not the sculptural centrepiece of the Ampersand Building in London, England. It spirals upwards in a majestic way, made more so by the presence of plants in place of the more typical handrail.

This detail is what gives life to the Living Staircase. Yet the Living Staircase breeds more than fresh air, it also encourages relaxation and creative thinking for those residing in the building. Cocksedge says, "If a staircase is essentially about going from A to B, there is now a whole world living and breathing in the space between the two. I hope the Living Staircase will be used in ways we hadn’t at all expected! This is the beauty of it: it allows so much space for all kinds of activities. I’m really looking forward to Ampersand’s staff taking over the structure and making it totally their own."