The Impossible Stairs

Currently trying to finish the design of the site 3… But the site is very restrictive in terms of layout. i.e 3.2m x 9m; Where I can only physically have a stair that runs around the central core. Im not sure what else I can do with it, at the moment trying to finish this design by the end of the day.Screen Shot 2016-04-30 at 07.06.18Screen Shot 2016-04-30 at 14.58.47


I’ll try and establish the key moments on the ascent and highlight the views rather than having a full tower? I could focus on a portion of the elevation and interior that conveys the idea of the perspective and views out….


Looking into the perspective and vanishing point, creating a moment as you climb the steps you see the diminishing stairs which in turn protrude out of the walls of the building… not sure where this will go….

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Also working on the main map …will have that for tuesday as well as the tech drawing so that Charles can see it…




One thought on “The Impossible Stairs

  1. I feel that the core is still dominating this design when we want to see the stairs and how the stepped structure informs the spatial qualities of the architecture – perhaps incorporating materiality, shadow and texture could help break up the linearity or monolithic feel of the vertical tower? Look at some of those early stair models you made and be inspired by their operability and spatial qualities – they were all quite dramatic and also surreal in how they made heavy materials flexible and dynamic. It would be great for site three to reintroduce some of those qualities. I really like the moments where the stairs wrap around or change plane/ directionality to create a corner or aperture which could play with the perspective/ vanishing points as you say to frame a view? Maybe work between designing the overall architecture and focusing on the human scale experience through the views/ experience as you ascend the stair tower? The stairs in this project by Kraus Schoenberg Architects: are really interesting since the way the concrete has been cast has a striation that makes it feel dynamic, almost pleated? coupled with its unusual geometry its quite a sculptural stair – hope it helps and looking forward to seeing how site 3 develops for Tuesday!

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