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Stair runs fabricated from folded sheets of perforated steel filter light from a skylight above.

Steel Stair, Seattle

Steel Stair, Seattle

  • Stair runs fabricated from folded sheets of perforated steel filter light from a skylight above.

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    Stair runs fabricated from folded sheets of perforated steel filter light from a skylight above.

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    Benjamin Benschneider

    Stair runs fabricated from folded sheets of perforated steel filter light from a skylight above.

  • A steel plate railing provides structural support and a visual counterpoint to the semitransparent treads and risers.

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    A steel plate railing provides structural support and a visual counterpoint to the semitransparent treads and risers.

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    Benjamin Benschneider

    A steel plate railing provides structural support and a visual counterpoint to the semitransparent treads and risers.

  • The stair from above.

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    The stair from above.

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    The stair from above.

  • The stair from below.

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    The stair from below.

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    The stair from below.

deforest architects
seattle

Charged with refitting a dark stairway as an art gallery, John DeForest, AIA, and Stephen Click responded with a composition of folded planes that constitutes a sculpture in its own right. A large skylight above and vertical slot windows wash the stairwell with light, which filters through treads and risers of perforated steel. A guardrail of blackened steel plate provides structural support and a visual counterpoint to the stair’s ethereal transparency. Our judges called the detailing “incredibly competent” and admitted unanimously a temptation to copy the design in their own projects.


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