Elvaston Place

Tags: residential, steel, stairs

Related projects: Hilltop Cheshire

Webb Yates - Elvaston Place
Elvaston Place - Webb Yates Engineers
Elvaston Place - Webb Yates Engineers
Elvaston Place - Webb Yates Engineers

Inspired by Staircase III, Do Ho Suh’s 2010 installation for Tate Modern, this staircase is suspended from the ceiling creating a striking architectural form that appears to float in the space.

The stair flights and balustrade panels are formed from 5mm pre-galvanised mild steel. These were perforated and then power-coated in bright red to echo the transparency, porosity and distinct colour of Suh’s installation.

Lateral loads on the balustrade are resisted with a combination of plate bending and membrane action generated by tension forces in the hangar panels.

The result is a structure that is practical that achieves a surreal artistic aesthetic without losing sight of its practical purpose.