Figure and Studio J Jih perform “stair gymnastics” inside Boston rowhouse

American firms Studio J Jih and Figure have overhauled a historic house in Boston, which now revolves around a sculptural “hairpin” staircase influenced by the twists and turns of mountain roads.

Locally based Studio J Jih and San Francisco studio Figure collaborated on the transformation of the four-storey rowhouse in the city’s South End.

Studio J Jih and Figure have renovated Hairpin House

The owner, a Boston native, desired more useable space in the 15-foot-wide (4.6-metre) home, which was only achievable by entirely reorganising the floor plan.

The hefty existing staircase took up a third of the building, so it was removed and redesigned to be more efficient and help

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