Hanging Stairs Defy the Law of Gravity

Looking like a modern art installation with its bright red color set against a plain white wall, the Hanging Red Staircase built inside Elvaston place – a residential house in London – is actually a functional structure. A collaboration among architectural design company Michaelis Boyd Associates, stairway solution firm Diapo, and Webb Yates Engineers resulted in a gravity-defying staircase inspired by Do Ho Suh’s art installation “Staircase-III”. Applying a deep red color and using a perforated steel sheet to reflect the same effect as the the light, airy feel of Suh’s suspended, fabric staircase the trio effectively achieves a surreal artistic aesthetic without losing sight of its practical purpose.

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