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Steel Stair

Deforest Architects

Project Name

Steel Stair

Project Status



  • John DeForest
  • Stephen Click
  • General Contractor: Owen Roberts
  • General Contractor: Bryan Wygal
  • Structural Engineer: Lori D. Brown
  • Interior Designer: Nancy Burfiend
  • Jay Dishman
  • John Lucchesini



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Project Description

2011 RADA
Architectural Design Detail / Grand

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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