Architecture firm de Rijke Marsh Morgan (dRMM) and engineers Arup have designed and are installing an MC Escher-esque set of ‘impossible stairs’, between St Paul’s Catherdral and the Millennium Bridge, to mark London Design Festival 2013, it will be there throughout the festival and illuminated at night by custom-designed lighting.
Endless Stairs consists of over 20 interlocking flights of stairs and 44m3 of tulipwood that visitors will be allowed to try to navigate and climb for an elevated view of the surrounding area. On the opposite side of the thames is Tate Modern, a site recommended to try and catch a glimpse of should you make it to the top!
London Design Festival 2013 will take place from the 14th – 22nd September.
dRMM architect Alex de Rijke described Endless Stair as “a three-dimensional exercise in composition, structure and scale and as both a marker and meeting place”, something that “is not only a structural experiment in engineered timber but is testing our visual and physical experience of space and perspective”.