Residing Staircase: Spiral Stairs Wrapped in Natural Greenery
Write-up by Urbanist, filed below Offices & Commercial in the Architecture class.
Boldly curved and cantilevered into midair, these plant-wrapped stairs are made to offer a lot more than just a indicates of moving from a single floor to yet another.
Stepping onto them requires occupants temporarily away from concrete floors and columns, then into and by means of a special miniature ecosystem of warm and living resources.
This staircase by Paul Cocksedge for the Ampersand constructing in London is punctuated by platforms overlooking a central atrium.
These circular places act as impromptu self-contained break and gathering spaces removed from the bustle of every main workplace floor.
Standing out not just physically but also materially, the lively-grained wooden curves are bedecked with thin stem-like strands of white metal. In turn, these help planters that supplant the position of traditional hand rails even though nevertheless offering physical and psychological security and assistance.
Every set of stairs is supported by the floors themselves, hence rendered structurally independent of a more ordinary central-column technique.
More interactivity is woven into the biological side of the style in the kind of herbs that employees can nurture, grow and in the long run pluck from the rails, facilitating a type of in-office backyard and incorporating a bit of mint to their tea or spice to their lunch.