Staircases are often thought of just as a means of getting from one floor to the next and back down again. A staircase, on the other hand, may truly stand out and become a highlight of a local neighbourhood or a specific structure with the correct design and location.
Here are a few instances of how to go about doing it correctly.
- Santa Maria del Monte’s 142-step Monumental Staircase in Caltagirone, Sicily, Italy.
Each of the 142 stairs, which were built in 1608, is ornamented with a distinct hand-crafted ceramic mosaic tile. If that isn’t impressive enough, potted plants are set on these ancient stairs each year (typically for about a month) to form a large tableaux for the Scala Infiorata. Is it still insufficient? Every year on July 25th, the staircase is once again lighted with candles organised into a ten-meter-high image.
- Traversinertobel, Switzerland’s Suspended Staircase
The current bridge spanning Traversinertobel was damaged by a rock fall, and it was feared that if a new one was erected in the same spot, it would be demolished as well. There was only one appropriate location, but one side was significantly higher than the other, making a bridge between the two places impracticable. As a result, engineers Jürg Conzett and Rolf Bachofner devised the Suspended Staircase, which today spans 56 metres across the canyon.
- Duisburg, Germany, Tiger & Turtle-Magic Mountain
From a distance, you may mistake it for a roller coaster. Closer inspection reveals that this interactive artwork is a stairway… with a loop-the-loop! Don’t worry, the loop is simply for show and has been disabled! The remaining 249 steps of the Heike Mutter and Ulrich Genth-designed staircase, however, are free to the public to wander around and experience the twists and turns.
- The Cascading Universe, Dumfries, Scotland’s Garden of Cosmic Speculation.
Great staircases are not just found on the continent; this one can be found in sunny Scotland. This stairway “cascades” down the slope of a steep embankment and is part of a wider mathematical and scientific themed garden designed by artist Charles Jencks.
- Loretto Chapel’s Spiral Stairs in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
The stairwell is shrouded in mystery. In 1888, they were created by a “mystery stranger” who appeared out of nowhere in response to the nun’s prayers. He insisted on complete solitude and spent three months creating a spiral staircase so the nuns could go from the Chapel to the Choir Loft. He went in the same strange manner that he had arrived, and he was not compensated. There was no means to hold the steps up on examination since there was no central support, the materials used were not local (no one knows where they came from), and there were no nails utilised in the building of this 33-step staircase. The Loretto Sisters called it a miracle.