Michaelis Boyd Associates, together with Diapo, and Webb Yates Engineers, created this amazing unique hanging staircase for a home in London.
The inspiration for this red masterpiece was taken from Doh Ho Suh’s red hanging staircase floating high up in a gallery at Tate Modern, titled “Staircase-III”.
When asked to create a staircase for a split-level property, the design team was challenged in producing a staircase completely hanging off the existing building structure.
Their choice of material had to echo the lightness, flexibility, translucence and porous contrasts with the solidity of the original architectural structure that Doh Ho Suh has emulated through his work.
The material that perfectly matched those standards was perforated steel sheet as it provided both the contrast in transparency and structural integrity required. The transparency in the material really highlights the perforation and the light condition makes for a different experience of the staircase at different times of the day.
The user experiences the pieces as a staircase floating in space, which gives them a surreal experience when their silhouette floats up and down the stairs.
They chose the color red as an homage to Doh Ho Suh’s original work. Red gives the feeling of removing the structure from its original context and intensifying the dream-like aura of a recognizable structure that appears to hover overhead.