A new trend sees staircases being designed as multifunctional areas, creating new spaces that offer people the opportunity to do more than just travel from one floor to another.

The Living Staircase, designed by Paul Cocksedge, certainly provides more than a walkway. Cocksedge modified a spiral staircase by expanding its diameter and removing the traditional central, load-bearing pillar to create new spaces at its centre. With one such space on each floor, the design provides potential for such features…