Endless Stairs ; designed by Escher in London

Stairs inspired by the drawings of Escher

Many will remember the Endless Stairs , the intriguing structure symbol of the London Design Festival in 2013 inspired by the drawings of Escher and consists of a series of flights of stairs interconnected to each other and made ​​of solid wood panels Tulip 

endless stairs design
endless stairs in London

wood (American tulip wood) cross-laminated. The Endless Stairs will be reconfigured and mounted as part of the "New Ideas for Feeding the City" organized by the magazine for the interior. The new version of the  Endless Stairs will be called  Infinite Scale .

Infinite Scale stands in deliberate contrast material, size and composition compared to the harmonious environment of the former. It 'an aesthetic provocation, and as the Endless Stairs in front of the Tate Modern in London, adds a new dimension to the environment in which it is located.

Designed by de Rijke Marsch Morgan Architects (dRMM), engineered by Arup and built by Imola Legno and Nüssli , the Endless Stair was conceived as an exercise in three-dimensional modular construction in wood, with the ability to be reconfigured and adapted to different contexts .

Infinite Scale

endless stairs creative idea
endless stairs that design not end ! 

While maintaining the influence of initial Escher, Infinite Scale plays even more on perspective. Six flights of stairs will be connected together to create a form that is striking for its composition deliberately in contrast to the uniformity of the classical Renaissance style, the building that houses it. dRMM again gives importance to the element of play in the structure allowing the visitor to interact with it through the integration of different levels, connections and possible access routes. This perspective game also offers the chance to enjoy a new and unique view on the elegant cloister.

A sculpture and a research project

Infinite Scale is not only a beautiful wooden sculpture, is also part of a research project that has been advancing knowledge of wood construction and sustainability. In this project for the first time it was used hardwood to produce X-Lam panels, which are usually made ​​of coniferous wood. Tulipwood (American tulipwood), whose name derives from the particular tulip shape of its flowers, is a species of American hardwoods widely available and relatively inexpensive. And, crucially for this project, it is incredibly strong and rigid in relation to its weight.
endless stairs design inspired by the drawings of Escher by dRMM
airs design inspired by the drawings of Escher by dRMM

A series of tests carried out in Italy in 2013 during the production of the original structure of the Endless Stairs has shown that tulipwood is up to three times more resistant as regards the "rolling shear" compared to the resinous wood normally used in construction, for example the 'fir. So for the panels that make up the steps and balustrades simply a thickness of 60 mm.David Venables , European Director, commented: " This project helps us to show that deciduous trees, with their excellent technical performance and their attractive appearance, may open new perspectives to build with wood. We are very excited to bring the structure in Milan during the event organized by the Interior, and we are confident that it will arouse great interest and will be the subject of study and debate . "
wood endless stairs
endless stairs creative idea

In this latest version of the Endless Stairs , Infinite Scale , the design of the structural elements has been improved using data collected from the installation in London. The new arrangement of the landings and the extension of the top step of the shelter until its limit is the result of a high level of structural design.

Endless stair goes to Milan and will be open in to the public April 7 to 18 
at the University of Milan - Ca 'Granda Ospedale Maggiore former, via Feast of Forgiveness.

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