SWISS ARMY STAIRCASE
DAS SWARTZENREARDER HAUS
This house has a library built into the gable-end walls of the second floor. The library bookshelves are formed by the house’s original studs (which were stripped and left exposed), face-mounted horizontal 2 x 2’s, and multi-colored wood shelves fastened between the studs. The library shelves are accessed by a built-in, alternating tread staircase, made of oak and maple. The stair attaches to the side of a built-in refrigerator, housed in birch veneer plywood, stained red. The stair treads extend across the width of the stair, becoming display shelves beneath.
- Builder: John Berry, Woodwise, Winchester, Virginia
- Photographer:Hoachlander Davis Photography, Washington, D.C.; Chuck Swartz, AIA, Reader & Swartz Architects, P.C.
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