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Sun 15.12.

Architecture in Ascendance: innovative staircase design

Posted by Walter Phillips on 15.12.2013 - Tagged as: , , ,

Multifunctional, auditorium-style steps in New York’s co-working space Neuehouse, designed by Rockwell Group, are used for meetings, lectures and concerts; photo Eric Laignel

Multifunctional, auditorium-style steps in New York’s co-working space Neuehouse, designed by Rockwell Group, are used for meetings, lectures and concerts; photo Eric Laignel

Staircases are overdetermined things. A highly functional element in the internal circulation of a building, they are also laden with cultural and psychological symbolism. We may live in the age of the lift and escalator, but this hasn’t stopped architects using the staircase as a means of adding value to spaces, be it through their aesthetic or engineering virtuosity. It’s not the destination that counts but the getting there. (by Dominic Lutyens)

 

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