There are Steps and then there are Steps

There are Steps and then there are Steps

By: Janet H. Thomas, RID As Commercial Interior Designers we are first and foremost concerned about life safety. There are many factors surrounding the planning of safe pathways for pedestrian circulation. With steps and stairs look at height to depth ratios, placement of landings, design of handrails, slippage, visibility, lighting, required width for the forecast population and finish material application. Commercial stairs, unless they are designed as a primary feature of a space are not about artistic flare. However…beyond the arena of codes and safety guidelines, in the urban landscape of cities around the world can be found steps that are breathtaking works of art. Street artist have transformed these steps into sensory experiences that make the business of going up and down a reason to slow down and look at where you are walking. Here are some examples of that awe and inspire for your enjoyment. Many of these were done to change cultural impressions of the area, refreshing the vibe of the space or making a philosophical statement. What would you do to change a path you frequent?   Street art in Valparaiso, Chile courtesy of Terie Stephens for streetartutopia.com

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