Project Type: Structure Design
ARC 204 - Introduction to Architectural Design Michael Meredith (MOS Architects)
The staircase is a stacking of slabs that allows upward and downward movement between point a and point b. If stacking slabs generates a staircase, what does stacking staircases produce? Can staircases become walls, seating, or columns apart from their traditional function as connectors?
Exploring different stacking techniques led the project to a ruin-like character. The two, the staircase and the ruin, related to each other by the construction method. A staircase is the product of the stacking of slabs. A ruin is the remnant of a construction built by stacking. In all irony, the project creates something new yet old-looking.
While embracing the ruin-like character, the stacking blurred interior and exterior spaces. This effect contributed to the incompleteness of the structure. It gave the project a sense of abandonment, thus reinforcing the idea of a ruin.