Spotted lately: ropes, netting, and tension wire cables as stairway enclosures and balustrades.
Above: A safety balustrade made of net stretched from floor to ceiling via Savio Fabrizzi Architectes.
Above: In a house in Oporto, Portugal, OODA architects suspended netting over the stairwell, creating a hammock.
Above: A1 Architects in Prague used netting as an elegant safety enclosure that extends along the upstairs hall.
Above: For a house in Kamnik, Slovenia, architects Dekleva Gregoric enclosed both sides of a stairway in dark netting.
Above: In their design for an apartment building in Lausanne, Switzerland, PRS Architects spec’ed wire netting for a stair enclosure.
Above: In the renovated hay barn of a traditional farmhouse on a small island in the North Sea, Stockholm architect Karin Matz created a stair enclosure using blue polypropylene rope.
Above: In their garden house in Viksberg, Sweden, architects Tham & Videgard enclosed the stairwell in a steel net.
Above: In the Karst House by Dekleva Gregoric in Vrhovlje, Slovenia, a system of cables and nets encloses an upstairs bedroom.
Above: South Korea firm Smart Architecture created a tension-cable balustrade in an apartment project.