A visual of my staircase from a recent project
I hear you ask. (Or not)
I know this blog is called Archi-Textures and so you expect a lot more than just stairs all the time (which has been given to you sort of)
But, first and foremost, you will find out what’s with the staircases.
Recently, I finished a project in which I had the opportunity to design a staircase, just a simple one (No need to be Frank Gehry, when you are doing this for the first time).
Never in all my days on this course, would I have associated this project on par with ‘Nightmare on Elm Street’, don’t get me wrong I love Freddy Krueger but, I don’t want to hang out with him; I don’t know how that analogy relates to what I’m trying to say but in simple terms, designing was a lot harder than I thought.
I had to redesign the one staircase 5 times! That probably doesn’t seem a lot but when you have a very short deadline, it does become a lot.
However, this gave me a new found appreciation for stairs, they are not just for going up and down to different levels but, create a powerful focal point to a space and gives a 2 dimensional design a 3-d quality and texture. They are profound and enlightening in the way you elevate to another level or depress in its relegation.
They are your transition space and prepare you for what you will encounter as well as being a hierarchical mark due to the changing level of treads.
I will stop myself before, this turns into more appreciation about the principles, regulations, rhythms etc.
All in all, what I am trying to say is that staircases are amazing but also they are a part of architecture, not only buildings; all aspects of design come together to create something amazing and that is what I will pay attention to (everything from buildings to fixings and all the pieces in between).
So, next time, don’t look at a staircase as just steps but a part of a great design.
I salute you staircase designers.
Now that’s enough talking/blogging (You get the drift).
Look at the balance and symmetrey with these staircases.
Also, if you see the way I talk about stairs, imagine how I am with ramps…