The Impossible Staircase – Development

I’m continuing my research into the choice of materials. Currently, looking into geology a bit further and also considering alternative materials, such as composite or aggregate stones, which could work well, as it can be fabricated using recycled materials and perhaps made according to the specification of my final model, to suit joints or hinges as required.

I like the idea of contrast/ juxtaposition of materials and exploring detailing for this ‘impossible’ stairs. Carlo Scarpa has some interesting details and the combination of stone/ concrete and metal joints appeals to me as a material choice too. See image below.

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I’m still considering the cube as a starting form and from that decompose/ unfold the ‘impossible stairs’.

I started experimenting with two volumes and how they may meet/ move/ unfold… some images bellow, it’s  all still very much work in progress at this stage, but I will try and resolve the final shape of the model and how it actually may come together and how it disassembles too. Im just concerned that my choice of material isn’t flexible enough or easy to work with in order to produce this mechanical cube turn into a impossible staircase…

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  1. You could start with paper to test the collapsible quality of the stair and how it would work volumetrically as well as perceptually but part of the constraint is to use the heavy materials to make the impossible possible! Your fascination with the Scarpa details, and fusing composite stone with metal hinges should start manifesting in your models – you could also think about hydraulics as a sort of lift/ stair – in the Ila Beka/ Louise Lemoine film Houselife – you can see the lift that Rem designed for his villa in Bordeaux where the lift becomes a hydraulic platform that moves up to become different rooms or spaces on different floors: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7fLVMyGBFSU. That transformative quality could be something interesting to capture – not only how the stair transforms but also how it starts to affect the spaces it comes into contact with during this performance. Just keep working on it and think about how if the stairs are made of solid, heavy materials, what can you do with the material between them to make it lighter, more malleable and dynamic? Good luck and lets discuss more on Tuesday – any ideas for your portfolio format?

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