Glass steps on top of each other in an atrium, with a ceiling light, black walls, a painting and plants.Bottom view of stairs with glass steps and stainless steel handrails, with the sky in the background.The atrium of LIMES, glass stairs with stainless steel handrails and glass railings, large ceiling light, plant and painting.Top view of several glass steps that overlap, with stainless steel handrails and glass railings, that two men are walking on Blurry plant in the foreground, focused on glass staircase and ceiling light behind it.Entrance of tax consultancy bureau LIMES with glass facade, and inside a round rug, sofa, table and armchairs, figurine and a plant.Exterior and surroundings of the building of the tax consultancy bureau LIMES, parking lot with cars and a bridge over water.

When LIMES International wanted to relocate to a purpose built office in Valkenburg STOL architecten created a building with a striking exterior and a number staircases that come together to create a spectacular lattice effect. The building houses all the company’s needs, including individual office spaces, meeting rooms and a restaurant. The new building has been designed with no obvious front and rear façade in order to make the most of views over the river ‘de Rijn’ and the rest of the town.

Weightless feel

When designing the building LIMES International was very enthusiastic about the staircase ideas by STOL architecten. The central atrium features a number of striking staircases that come together to create an eye-catching feature. In collaboration with EeStairs, the internationally renowned staircase manufacturer, STOL architecten designed a series of staircases that crossed the square atrium space at asymmetric angles. With white stringers, frosted glass treads and glass balustrades with stainless steel handrails the stairs are perfectly in keeping with the rest of the interior and add to the weightless feel of the space.

The stairs add an exciting experiential element to the interior; by being set at unusual angles the staircases provide interesting vantage points into the workspaces as well as a wonderful view to look out on from a desk. Complex positioning of the staircases also represents the importance of interconnectivity in the work place and has become a physical representation of the importance of people coming together and working as a cohesive team.

“The possibilities at EeStairs are endless. They make stairs of very high quality, both in the level of detail and in the design,” said project architect Jean-Paul Corèl.

“The staircases for LIMES International project have been carefully positioned to frame a statement light feature,” explains Cornelis van Vlastuin, EeStairs’ Creative Director. “The combination of the cascading light feature and the staircases add to the feeling of buoyancy that the building exudes resulting in an exceptional interior.”