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Netscapes: 9 Stairwells with Nautical Enclosures and Rails

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Netscapes: 9 Stairwells with Nautical Enclosures and Rails

June 8, 2017

Spotted lately: ropes, netting, and tension wire cables as stairway enclosures and balustrades.

in a tucked away stairwell that leads to a loft, a rope acts as railing. see&#x 12
Above: In a tucked-away stairwell that leads to a loft, a rope acts as railing. See The Brick Barn: A Modern English Farmhouse.
in the karst house by dekleva gregoric in vrhovlje, slovenia, a system of cable 13
Above: In the Karst House by Dekleva Gregoric in Vrhovlje, Slovenia, a system of cables and nets encloses an upstairs bedroom. Photograph by Janez Marolt.
in their garden house in viksberg, sweden, architects tham & videgard enclo 14
Above: In their garden house in Viksberg, Sweden, architects Tham & Videgard enclosed the stairwell in a steel net.
in a connecticut summer cottage, a rope enclosure surrounds stairs with a  15
Above: In a Connecticut summer cottage, a rope enclosure surrounds stairs with a nautical blue stripe; see Remodeling 101: Nautical Stripes on the Stairs.
a\1 architects in prague used netting as an elegant safety enclosure that exten 16
Above: A1 Architects in Prague used netting as an elegant safety enclosure that extends along the upstairs hall. Photograph by David Mastalka.
at the mountain rental: a holiday house in the italian alps, a simple rope 17
Above: At The Mountain Rental: A Holiday House in the Italian Alps, a simple rope railing leads to the second floor.
 tarred seine rope creates a low profile guardrail when strung through an  18
Above: Tarred seine rope creates a low-profile guardrail when strung through an iron frame. For more, see Weekend Spotlight: Columbia River Boathouse Revival.
for a house in kamnik, slovenia, architects dekleva gregoric enclosed both side 19
Above: For a house in Kamnik, Slovenia, architects Dekleva Gregoric enclosed both sides of a stairway in dark netting. Photograph by Miran Kambič.
in the renovated hay barn of a traditional farmhouse on a small island in the n 20
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.

N.B. This post is an update; the original story ran on May 29, 2015.

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Frequently asked questions

What are fishing net stair enclosures?

Fishing net stair enclosures are a type of balustrade or barrier made of netting material with a mesh pattern that resembles a fisherman's net. They are typically used as safety barriers for stairs and landings.

What materials are used for fishing net stair enclosures?

Fishing net stair enclosures can be made from a variety of materials, including nylon, polyester, or polypropylene. The material used will depend on the specific needs of the project and the desired aesthetic.

What are tension wire cable stair enclosures?

Tension wire cable stair enclosures are a type of balustrade or barrier made of stainless steel wires held in tension between posts or brackets. They are typically used for modern or minimalist designs and provide an unobstructed view of the surrounding area.

What are the benefits of fishing net stair enclosures?

Fishing net stair enclosures provide a unique and visually interesting design element while also serving as a safety barrier. They are lightweight and can be easily installed, making them a popular choice for DIY projects.

What are the benefits of tension wire cable stair enclosures?

Tension wire cable stair enclosures provide a sleek and modern design aesthetic with unobstructed views. They are also highly durable and require minimal maintenance.

Can fishing net and tension wire cable stair enclosures be used outdoors?

Yes, both fishing net and tension wire cable stair enclosures can be used outdoors. However, the materials used should be chosen based on their durability and ability to withstand the elements.

Are fishing net and tension wire cable stair enclosures safe?

Yes, both fishing net and tension wire cable stair enclosures are safe when installed properly. It is important to ensure that the materials used are durable and able to withstand the load they will be subjected to.

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