A circular staircase is a wonderful structure for a designer.
The staircase in question is small in scale, created for
a domestic interior. The clients requested an airy and
elegant spiral to start in the corner of a ground floor
room. It was to be a decorative but non-intrusive structure,
the mechanics of which were calculated by an architect
and structural engineer working for I.S.M., who were responsible
for the installation. In the studio, a small-scale model
was made, with a series of cut steel side panels and sand
blasted steps. The inclusion of small glass lenses in the
lace-like metal panels livened the curves and linked with
the glass of the steps.
The starting point of the design for the staircase was
a circle divided into equal segments, each section with
a different linear pattern. The patterned circle was cut
and laid out like a spiral. Each segment was a numbered
step. The design on each step was used as the inspiration
for the side panel that would enclose it, so each glass
stair was paired with a metal panel. A deep, sand blast
design on thick glass doubles as anti-slip device and ornamentation.
The drawing of the original divided
circle is reproduced as the design for a circular light
fitting, now suspended above the staircase, and so comes ‘full circle’ to
complete the concept.
WHITE GLASS, OPTICAL GLASS, MILD STEEL AND WHITE STOVE
PRIVATE CLIENT, UK
3.7 X 1.2 M (DIAMETER)
PHOTOGRAPHS: GEORGE GAMMER (MODEL), PAUL HIGHNAM (INSTALLATION)
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Two views of the model for Circular Staircase, Private Home,Berkshire
Circular Staircase, Private Home,Berkshire
Drawing in the design process for Circular Staircase, Private
Computer Drawing for side panels Circular Staircase, Private